Ruellia metziae Tharp
White Ruellia, Metz's Wild Petunia, Metz Wild Petunia, Wild White Petunia
Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)
Synonym(s): Ruellia metziae var. marshii, Ruellia muelleri
USDA Symbol: rume
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 8-12 inches tall.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0252 Collected July 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Kristina Coates
NPSOT 0070 Collected July 21 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0564 Collected Jul 14, 1988 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ruellia metziae in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ruellia metziae in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ruellia metziae
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-06-22
Research By: NPC