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Mexican Petunia

Ruellia simplex

Delicate blooms on drought-tolerant groundcover

  • Fast-growing, great for containers or bedding
  • Lilac, bell-shaped blooms that last from early spring to late fall
  • Emerald green foliage with near-black stems

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Fast-Growing, Drought-Tolerant Purple Flowers

This plant, native to Mexico and the U.S. Southwest, produces delicate lilac blooms that color your landscape from spring until frost. The Mexican Petunia is drought-tolerant and can withstand poor soil, making it the perfect landscape addition for year-round beauty. 

Also known as Britton's Petunia, the Mexican Petunia is an evergreen plant that grows low and close to the ground. This fast-growing, self-seeding plant is known for filling up large open spaces, cascading over containers, and creating beautiful borders in any landscape. Use it for groundcover or place it in hanging baskets for optimal results!

With delicate, petunia-like flowers and nearly black stems, the Mexican Petunia offers unique appeal. It will grow 1-3 feet in height and width, so it can fit into any space, filling its surroundings with evergreen leaves and long-lasting blooms.

Being a low-maintenance plant, you can expect Mexican Petunia care to be relatively simple. These plants are known for their adaptability because they thrive in the heat, are drought tolerant, and flourish even in poor soil conditions. However, for fast growth and optimal blooms, plant this flower (also nicknamed the Mexican Bluebell for its bell-shaped blossoms) in a location with partial shade and well-draining, consistently moist soil.

Bring the Mexican Petunia to your planting space and experience constant, purple blooms all spring and summer long. Order yours today!

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Product Details

Mature Height:1-3 ft.
Mature Width:1-3 ft.
Sunlight:Partial Sun
Growth Rate:Fast
Botanical Name:Ruellia simplex
Grows Well In Zones:8-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 8-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 20℉)

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