Desert ruellia

Ruellia peninsularis

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Desert ruellia (Ruellia peninsularis)
roo-EL-lee-a pen-in-soo-LAR-iss
Genus:  Ruellia
This southern California native shrub produces a dense mass of small, glossy leaves and purple, petunia-like flowers in late spring and early summer. Sporadic flowering can occur throughout the season. It grows up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Care:  Desert ruellia prefers full sun and well-drained soil. In freezing climates, prune back damaged foliage in early spring.
Propagation: 

 Sow seed in spring. Root cuttings in spring or early summer.

Problems: 

 Leaf spots, rusts, root rots.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring
Flower Color
Purple
Uses
Desert Garden,
Spring Interest
Type
Natives

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