in one of the pink Salvia coccinea I got yesterday. The flowers here are about an 1.5 inches across. The stem behind the flower is another flower stalk, also 2 buds. I'll post the other unknown too.
Floridian, there is a wild variety of ruellia that looks very different than the cultivated kind, though the flowers are almost identical ~ comes in a white variety and a lavender/purple one. I think yours is Ruellia humilis, but might not be. Try doing a google image search for "wild petunia" or "wild ruellia" and I'll bet you'll find the latin name. They are wonderfully drought tolerant!!!!! If you can separate it from the salvia and keep it growing, do!
Wow Jen, That looks great, I'm sure now we have the right genus. Are most ruellia hairy? This one is smooth. Possibly R strepens aka Smooth ruellia? http://www.usi.edu/science/biology/TwinSwamps/Ruellia_strepens.htm
Aside from the color, this fits very well.
Wingnut, thanks! By the way, that new calf of yours is TOO cute! I love her little brown nose and ears! I followed your advice and Jens pics. What do you think ladies? R strepens?
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The commonly cultivated one is smooth, but (if my memory serves me right) the wild one I have is a bit hairy. I'm not sure of the latin for the wild one I have, or any of them for that matter. The one in the link sure looks like yours!
Yep, we're pretty proud of that little baby! I wish he was a "she", but he's not. :( We can get him halfway there (*Grin!*), which is probably what we'll do with him. Seems there's a market for Longhorn steers as pasture ornaments!