Ruellia peninsularisItem #9776 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
A southwestern U.S. native shrub that produces dense masses of deep blue, almost purple, petunia-like flowers against light green foliage. Forms a naturally neat, mounded form. Ideal for a border or accent in hot, sunny gardens with lean, fast draining soil. Heat and drought tolerant. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:roo-EL-ee-uh pen-in-sul-LAIR-isDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through SummerFlower color:PurpleGarden styleRusticCompanion PlantsDesert Willow (Chilopsis); Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata); Agave (Agave); Cranesbill (Geranium); Dracaena Palm (Cordyline); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
- CareCare InformationGrows easily in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Prune old foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.