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PlantFiles: Runyon's Wild Petunia
Ruellia nudiflora var. runyonii

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Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ruellia (roo-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: nudiflora var. runyonii

Synonym:Ruellia runyonii
Synonym:Ruellia runyonii var. berlandieri

Category:
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender
Purple

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Blue-Green
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Veined

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral frostweed On Sep 28, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Runyon's Wild Petunia, Ruellia nudiflora var. runyonii, is Endemic to Texas.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jasper, Florida
Longview, Texas



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