Flower of the Day: Carolina Wild Petunia

aka Hairy Ruellia; Ruellia caroliniensis; Acanthaceae (acanthus family)

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This plant grows about a foot or two tall, and likes dry soils and a little shade. I’ve yet to find a really good specimen, as they’re all just off narrow part of the trail that sees a lot of foot traffic and, this year, flooding.  Not to mention over-enthusiastic trail maintenance personnel, which I’ll rant about tomorrow.

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Click on this picture to enlarge, so you can see the lovely details in the petals:

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Carolina wild petunia is endangered in New Jersey and extirpated in Pennsylvania.

 

 

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