Ruellia (Ruellia brittoniana)



Ruellia brittoniana

Ruellia is an easy to grow Mexican and southwestern U.S. native that’s covered in purple petunia-like flowers from spring through fall complementing its dark green foliage beautifully. We love mass planting them as a colorful ground cover, especially in tight and narrow spaces. This is one of those rare plants that once it’s been established, it can tolerate both drought and flooding conditions, so it’s suitable for a wide range of landscaping applications. Ruellia brittoniana is an almost perfect plant to use as filler in larger landscape areas!

Homeowners and landscapers alike love the easy care features of the Ruellia plant. It’s a tough, heat-loving plant that thrives in full sun or light shade exposures. Once established, you’ll want to give this plant low to moderate water and it benefits when fed with our Super Charged Moon Juice fertilizer. Use Ruellia brittoniana in any landscape or grow in containers, they look fantastic no matter how you choose to use them.

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  • Also known as Mexican Petunia
  • Ruellia brittoniana is an Herbaceous Perennial
  • Their compact growth form makes them an excellent choice for use in tight, narrow spaces
  • Also a great plant for use on slopes
  • High resistance to pests and diseases
  • Attracts butterflies
  • The purple flowers are the most common, however, there are White (Icicle) and Pink (ChiChi) flowers available too


Covered in purple flowers spring through fall

Fast growing perennial shrub for part to full sun

Thrives in most soil and watering conditions

Recovers quickly from freeze damage in cold winters