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Desert ruellia

Ruellia peninsularis

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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.

CareDesert 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.

  • Genus : Ruellia
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : North American Natives
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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