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Ruellia noctiflora (Nightflowering wild petunia)
Cressler, Alan

Ruellia noctiflora

Ruellia noctiflora (Nees) A. Gray

Nightflowering Wild Petunia

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)


USDA Symbol: runo

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 15 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ruellia noctiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ruellia noctiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ruellia noctiflora


Record Modified: 2022-12-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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