Petunia - Wild (Ruellia humilis)
Wild Petunia is native to much of the eastern US. This lovely plant isn't actually a petunia (which are relatives of the tomato) but rather a member of the Acanthaceae family. Either way, the resemblance is striking. Standing about a foot in height, Wild Petunia is an excellent addition to a bed with other short plants. In ideal conditions, this plant can exceed one foot and spread quite vigorously. Blooming throughout the hottest, driest times of the summer, Wild Petunia is sure to please while other plants are withering away.
Sun Exposure - Full
Soil Moisture - Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 12 inches
Bloom Time - June, July, August
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.