Wild Florida Photo - Ruellia simplex

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Ruellia simplex




Synonym: Ruellia caerulea, R.brittoniana, R. tweediana

Not native to Florida

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council:  Category I designation
This plant is an invasive exotic that is altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives.
This species should never be planted (many with this designation are prohibited by law), and generally should be removed whenever possible.


Preferred native landscaping alternatives to Mexican petunia include Echinacea purpurea - purple coneflower, Ipomopsis rubra - standing-cypress and Lobelia cardinalis - cardinalflower.

Ruellia simplex is a member of the Acanthaceae - Acanthus family.

Other species of this genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Ruellia caroliniensis - CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA

Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida

  Bruce F. Hansen, Richard P. Wunderlin
 Comprehensive guide with dichotomous keys to all vascular plants in Florida. The authoritative source for identifying Florida plant species.

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Includes habitat and distribution information on each species, and an extensive glossary. There are no photographs or drawings.