Ruellia caroliniensis

Another thank you is due to Hugh and Carol Nourse for sharing some fine photography with us via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool (original image). Much appreciated!

Ruellia caroliniensis is known commonly as wild petunia or Carolina wild petunia, despite the fact that it is not in Solanaceae (potato family, including petunias). It is actually a member of the Acanthaceae, or acanthus family, a primarily tropical plant family with a few representatives in temperate regions. Ruellia caroliniensis is one of those few, with its northernmost distribution reaching the northeast USA (and also reaching as far south as Texas and Florida).

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has additional information on Ruellia caroliniensis.

Lastly, it’s likely that this will be the only BPotD entry this week, as I am traveling. Apologies!

Ruellia caroliniensis

One response to “Ruellia caroliniensis”

  1. Ellen

    Thank you and have a nice holiday. will look forward to future posts.
    Ellen in NC

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