|Desert Ruellia, Ruellia brittoniana.|
|Desert Ruellia, (Ruellia brittoniana).||Common Landscape Plant.|
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This is a very popular landscaping plant in arizona and it is considered an evergreen shrub. It is classed as a noxious weed in Florida.
Height: Evergreen bush slowly growing to about 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide.
Flowers: The flowers are in leaf axils with 2 - 3 inche long funnel-shaped purple or blue flowers.
Flowering Time: Mid March - November.
Leaves: Linear, lancolate, serrate, prominent purple venation. They are 6 - 12 inches in length and 1/2-3/4 inches wide. Under Arizona hot conditions the foliage assumes a metallic blue cast.
Stalk: The stems are purple.
Found: Native to the southwestern United States (AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX, UT); and the extreme northwest of Northern Mexico.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: Can be found from 0 - 2,500 Feet.
Habitat: Alkaline, well-drained/light soils. An ideal landscape plant in Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken March 24, 2003. Glendale Public Library, Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
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