Lance-leaf Wild Petunia
(Carolina Wild Petunia - Common Wild Petunia - Hairy Wild Petunia
Ruellia caroliniensis
Acanthaceae (Acanthus) Famil

Plant is an upright, hairy perennial. Preferred habitat is dry woods, fields, roadsides and prairies. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; stalked; egg-shaped to lance-like; widest at the middle. Leaf tapers to the tip with sides less than equal; no teeth and no lobes. Base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are in the leaf axil; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form, or nearly so; funnel- like. The calyx is five lobed; corolla has five lobes of unequal size. Color is blue, light purple or pink, rarely white; four stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The white variety of this plant blossoms only at night.

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