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 the Ruellia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Ruellia caroliniensis - CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA