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Ruellia peninsularis (Desert Ruellia, Baja Ruellia)

Ruellia peninsularis
Desert Ruellia, Baja Ruellia

Desert Ruellia is frequently planted along streetscapes and freeways, but its true beauty is best appreciated up-close and personal. The deep purple flowers and interesting white-grey stems make for some great contrast. This evergreen shrub has a naturally rounded form, growing quickly to 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Its small, glossy green leaves provide a wonderful backdrop for the one inch wide flowers. The peak bloom period occurs in the spring and early summer, but sporadic flowering can continue throughout the year. If planted in a frost-protected area, Desert Ruellia requires almost no maintenance. Plant Desert Ruellia in full sun to maintain a dense form.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zone Zone 9 (20° F)
Flower Color Blue
Flower Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Rate Fast
Height 1' - 5' (ft)
Spread 1' - 5' (ft)
Spacing 2' (ft)
Characteristics Evergreen, Showy
Attracts Bees, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Mass Planting, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Tolerance Heat, Rocky Soil
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: MSWN
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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