CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis)

This beauty popped up in the middle of the mowed area for the dogs. Self seeding. A favorite of pollinators.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/ruellia-caroliniensis

Larval host: Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), and White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), butterflies

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=812

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2 comments
  1. Adam said:

    We have these all over one section of our yard in Titusville. I dig them up and transplant them to other areas. They always bloom in the morning!

    • Loret said:

      That’s great Adam. It’s so nice to hear that someone takes the time to find and propagate the native petunia.

      The big box stores push the Category I invasives (FLEPPC) Mexican Petunia (R. simplex) so often that people actually think they belong in Florida instead of learning that they are destroying our native habitats by taking over.

      Thanks for stopping by! and continue to GO NATIVE! 🙂

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