Mexican Blue Bells - Ruellia brittoniana

Purple plant

Ruellia brittoniana (Acanthaceae), Ruella. Mexican Petunias, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells, purple showers.
Lavender blue to purple blooms from fall.

We are also growing two new varieties of Ruellia, White and Pink. Call if interested, or order these purple plants and send us an immediate eMail asking us to substitute another color.

Easy to grow, trim when too tall
Great for hot, hot summers Blooms all summer and returns year after year!
Reseeds. Attracts butterflies & bees.

Mexican petunia (Ruellia brittoniana 'Purple Showers')
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Genus: Ruellia
This evergreen shrub reaches three-foot-tall and bears many tubular, blue or purple, petunia-like flowers on reddish stems all summer. Each flower lasts for just one day. It is a fast grower that may self-seed aggressively. Use in a border, container, or at waterside. Can be grown as an annual in cooler areas.
Noteworthy Characteristics: Petunia-like flowers from spring to frost. Native to Mexico and the southwestern U.S.
Care: Ruellia needs a warm climate if grown as a Perrenial. Site in partial shade and fertile, consistently moist, but well-drained soil. Roots can be in water but crown should be a couple of inches above the waterline.
Propagation: Seed or softwood cuttings in spring. Self-sows aggressively if conditions are right.
Problems: Nothing serious.
A white flowering variety of Ruellia may also be available.

Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace: Fast, Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade, drought tolerant.
Moisture: Medium to Wet, adapt well as pond edge plants with wet feet.
Characteristics: Attracts Butterflies, Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Early Summer thru Late Fall
Flower Color: Lavender Blue thru Purple
Uses: Ponds, Beds, Borders, Container, Suitable as Annual, Nice Waterside accent.
Type Perennials in Zones 8-10, Grown as Annuals in cooler areas.

Buyer receives one rooted cutting, 10-16" tall. We recommend immediate re-positioning into a bucket filled with water, in light shade, until the plant(s) can be conveniently prepared for your water garden.
Ruellia - Mexican Petunia $9.99