Ruellia humilis (Prairie Petunia)
Also known as Fringeleaf Wild Petunia, Hairy Ruellia, Low Wild Petunia, Low Ruellia, Fringeleaf Ruellia.
Prairie Petunia sports showy lavender to purple flowers in the heat of the summer. It is short and has a sprawling growth habit. It can reach 2 ft but usually stays under 1 ft tall. It reseeds readily.
Prairie Petunia is a host plant and a wonderful addition to perennial beds or borders, naturalized areas and woodland gardens.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Part sun to shade|
|Bloom color||Lavender to purple|
|Mature height||1-2 ft|
|Mature spread||2 ft|
|Host plant||Yes, among others Common Buckeye butterfly|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|
Comment: Coming out of dormancy. Small.