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Marcus, Joseph A.
Ruellia metziae Tharp
White Ruellia, Metz's wild petunia, Metz Wild Petunia, Wild White Petunia
Synonym(s): Ruellia metziae var. marshii, Ruellia muelleri
USDA Symbol: RUME
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
8-12 inches tall. Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul
DistributionUSA: TX Native Habitat:
Found in limestone outcrops, gravel, thickets and open woods. Distributed mainly in Lampasas Cut Plain south and southwest to central Texas and Edwards Plateau.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: This particular plant loves to be neglected and lives naturally in open woods, fields, prairies, and gravel areas. It takes very little water to survive and thrives through hot Texas summers. Blooms heavily in summer.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0070
Collected July 21 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0252
Collected July 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Kristina CoatesNPSOT 0564
Collected Jul 14, 1988 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Record Last Modified: 2013-06-22
Research By: NPC