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Attack of the popping Ruellia shrub!

Queen Creek, AZ(Zone 8b)

Well who knew that Ruellia pops its seed pods open like popcorn and sprays them all around when they get wet! My neighbor told me of this phenomenon, so of course I had to run right home and test it out this morning. Lo & behold, after I sprayed the bush for a few seconds I started getting hit from all sides by these little projectiles! When I bought the bush last year at HD, a woman in line warned me about them and said I probably didn't want it because it was very invasive and spreads like wildfire. Not so much that I have seen, but it still hasn't been in the ground all that long. There are about three baby volunteers so far, but after todays popcorn attack I think there might be many more in my future!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

Think about it. Getting plants for free. What more can you ask.
Transplant the seedlings someplace else or give them away or just pull them out. I wish mine will reseed more.
I love those plants that reseed themselves. I can never throw them away.
I try to find a place for them or I give them to my friends or neighbours.
In our harsh climate if it grows I keep it..

Good gardening


Tolleson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Now I am going to have to buy one so I can try it out!! Sounds like something the young uns would love!!!

Queen Creek, AZ(Zone 8b)

Well I'm perfectly willing to adopt out any seedlings that sprout up!

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9a)

I think Ruellia is great. It's so bright and easy.

Cut off a stem with seed pods on it and put it in a bag. You will think you've got popcorn popping.

Phoenix, AZ(Zone 9b)

I noticed that one day... time after time as I watered I was wondering what the popping noise was... I sprayed the plant and bent down to watch... and tada... popping seeds... I also noticed that if I picked them and held them in my hand in summer that they'd pop from the moisture... that was a surprise... lol...

Goodyear, AZ(Zone 9a)

I hate the stuff! It is very is even growing up through the rocks on my walkway in the back yard. I keep pulling it up but DH loves the beautiful purple flowers so I don't let him see me do it. It's supposed to be the new thing for kids to put the seed pods in their mouths and let them shoot out when they pot! Of course, kids are not too smart as it could go the other direction!

Queen Creek, AZ(Zone 8b)

Volunteer seedlings in stomachs?? Mwah ha ha ha... I'm a little on the evil side. Anyone for Pop Rocks and soda??

Glendale, AZ(Zone 9a)

think about it.. you squirted em wif water... they shot back......... go figure huh?

Queen Creek, AZ(Zone 8b)

But...but...I was only trying to cool them off!! Ingrates!!

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

You got that right- they're ingrates and theyll descend upon you like you just won the powerball if you give them any leeway at all.

Gilbert, AZ

I tried your bag trick, Judyb, and all of the kids in the neighborhood are running around with bags full of popping Ruellia seeds now!! My little girl calls it firecracker bush.

If you hate invasive, try the pink and the white, I've never had either reseed,


Tucson, AZ

it is a great pretty little purple thing and does reseed with it's "popping" mechanism like crazy. the problem is whereever it springs up will need WATER. if you have a large space it is difficult to keep up with the watering needs. if anyone wants some come to my place - i have tons i could give away.

Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

I've been trying to get them out of my flower bed in the front for about 10 years. I like them, just not in that bed. I keep pulling and digging them out but they just keep coming back.


Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Now, I hear about Ruellia popping its seeds after getting
wet. It is 10:00 pm and way to late to check this out. I wish
my plants would spread like wild fire, I like the pretty purple
blooms. Free plants, and not weeds!

Tucson, AZ

honey, i live at grant/campbell. come get as many as you want.

Tucson, AZ(Zone 9a)

Kate, I'm on my way to your place for some pretty purple
plants. AND I'm dragging you back to see my kitchen.
Oh, my neighbor's cactus 'broke' the other day, so I've
plants pieces in my front yard. I serrated the bottom edges
a little before planting. Somewhere I heard or read about
doing this with octillo. I'd like to transplant some of my
mother's octillo. Want any? honey :)
p.s. the cactus may be some kind of night blooming thing.
We put santa hats on them in the winter....

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