Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2906

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in GA, rare in NC-SC

Look for it in sandhills, particularly in loamy, submesic swales, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette
Leaves sessile to subsessile

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue-violet (rarely pink)
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brown/Yellow-brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Ruellia ciliosa   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia caroliniensis ssp. ciliosa var. cinerascens   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Ruellia caroliniansis ssp. ciliosa var. cinerascens

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-03-006:
Ruellia ciliosa   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ruellia ciliosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Sandhills Wild Petunia, Dwarf Wild Petunia


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image of Ruellia ciliosa, Sandhills Wild Petunia, Dwarf Wild Petunia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ruci4_001_lvd

        

image of Ruellia ciliosa, Sandhills Wild Petunia, Dwarf Wild Petunia

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_ruellia_ciliosa1a

July    Richmond County    NC

Stemless or w very short stem; leaves lustrous, often strongly tinged brown, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Ruellia ciliosa, Sandhills Wild Petunia, Dwarf Wild Petunia

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_ruellia_ciliosa8

July    Richmond County    NC

One or a few flowers, erect, their mouths facing up, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.