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