Mexican Petunia

Ruellia simplex

''Ruellia simplex'' is a species of flowering plant in the acanthus family, Acanthaceae. It is a native of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. It has become a widespread invasive plant in Florida, where it was likely introduced as an ornamental before 1933.
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Appearance

''Ruellia simplex'' is an evergreen perennial growing 3 ft tall, forming colonies of stalks with lance-shaped leaves that are 6 to 12 in and .5 to .75 in wide. Trumpet shaped flowers are metallic blue to purple, with five petals, and 3 in wide. There is a dwarf variety that is only 1 ft tall.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderLamiales
FamilyAcanthaceae
GenusRuellia
SpeciesR. simplex
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Mexico