Dwarf Katie Ruellia

Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'

An improved dwarf variety that continues to bloom summer-long, without deadheading! Large lavender-blue flowers are backed by low, spreading mounds narrow, dark green foliage. This tough, heat-loving perennial is disease and insect resistant. Perfect for dry, neglected spots in cooler summer regions, and thrives with regular garden water in hotter regions. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Prefers regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry conditions when established.

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Average Size at MaturityClump forming mounds, 6 to 8 in. tall, 2 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLavender-blue flowers in late spring to mid summer.
Design IdeasPerfect for mass planting, this durable and showy perennial is at its best at the front of an informal border. Compact form makes an excellent ground cover for tight, narrow spaces. Fine, almost grass-like texture makes an attractive, deep green filler for large areas, planted on a berm or sunny slope.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding, Spreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Clump Forming, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Improved Disease Resistance
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsPrefers regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates dry conditions when established.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Established plants tolerate drought. Best with regular feeding of high phosphorus fertilizer. In frost-free areas, shear old foliage in spring; re-sprouts from the ground in colder winter areas. May survive with winter protection in USDA zone 7.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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