Ruellia is blooming its pretty lavender blue flower head off in lawns throughout my neighborhood. * Gardenbloggers have posted about this sweet wildflower family several times this summer. This ruellia is a low grower that has been a perplexing plant to name. Is it R humilis or R caroliniensis? If you know...let me in on it!
It's true, I posted about my lukewarm feelings for R strepens earlier in the year. Mr McGregor's Daughter posted about her better ruellia, Ruellia humilis and meems (Hoe and Shovel) has written about another relative, Mexican petunia, R brittoniana that is making too good a show in Florida. Mexican Petunia is listed on the exotic pest list in a few zone 9 and warmer southeastern states. While not invasive, R humilis, R caroliniensis and R strepens can reseed very well! It's a lovely sight to see a patch of lavender blue in lawns.
What they all have in common is lavender blue flowers that last one day and continue all summer. Oh, yes...butterflies visit, too!
This flower doesn't want to stop!
A little patch has shown up on the edge of the front garden,
next to the asphalt driveway in steaming hot full sun. He hasn't stopped blooming!
A spot of water now and again seems to pep him up. The rose pink flower is Verbena tenera x
Sissinghurst, an alpine verbena. I like them together...another happy accident at clay and limestone.
I have come to appreciate this wildflower more each hot and steamy day, of this very long and and almost, rainless summer.
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. Lope de Vega
* frequent haircuts are keeping this plant a low grower