Ruellia strepens Linnaeus
Acanthaceae (Acanthus) Family
Don't doubt the tenacity of the Stalked Wild Petunia. The plant is an upright perennial from a tuber-like root. Its preferred habitat is rocky or leaf-littered limestone woods and grassy slopes. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.
The leaves are lance-like to ovate on short stalks placed opposite on the stem. The underside is hairy and rough. The upper side may be downy but smooth. Leaf texture is velvety and thin.
The flower sits atop a long stem (as the Latin describes as having a stalk and stem that are one and the same). The flower funnel is the same as all wild petunias except directly behind flower are five lone thread-like calxy lobes (modified leaves that may also be called sepals). The color is pale purple, blue or violet. Flowers occur in the summer.