Ruellia Flowers in Bloom

The Texas August heat wave is no problem for the ruellias scattered throughout my garden. And for the shady gardener, the many varieties of ruellia provide blooms you can count on.

Blooms will continue until the first frost to the delight of butterflies and hummingbirds.
Ruellia humilis, only gets 1-2 feet high with slightly fuzzy leaves.
It is aggressive and can quickly fill in an area with a soft mound of leaves and blooms.
Red Christmas pride, Ruellia brevifolia, is better behaved and stays near to its original plant.
The underside of the leaves are a color bonus!

Ruellia elegans (Red Ruellia) also doesn’t spread rampantly around the garden although I wish it would.
Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata) looks and act just like a ruellia.
It fits in perfectly popping up all over the garden.

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