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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Ruellia occidentalis (Gray) Tharp & Barkl.
Western wild petunia
USDA Symbol: RUOC4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Fibrous Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Ovate Leaf Venation: Pinnate Leaf Pubescence:
Puberulent Leaf Margin:
Undulate Leaf Base:
Rounded Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Size Notes:
1-2 feet. Flower:
Flowers 7 cm long Fruit:
1.6-2 cm Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
TX Native Habitat:
In dry rocky woods, chaparral hills and flats on the Edwards Plateau and the Rio Grande plains. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Showy lavender-purple flowers on the dense, neat, almost rounded form of Western Wild Petunia makes a good addition to any garden or wildflower meadow for a long season of color. Easy to grow and fast from seed.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native plants for dry shade in Austin
March 27, 2007
I live in North Austin, and I'd like to find plants that would work in dry shade. This area does receive a couple of hours of morning sun, and I've had great luck with Hinckley's Columbine. Any o...
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPIS, JSC