These were in my garden when I bought my house four years ago. I’m in zone 7b, but this plant was invasive, spreading several feet in all directions from a single plant. The lush, dense thicket of plants was five feet tall. A year after trying to remove it, I’m still fighting volunteers; it resprouts from the smallest node fragment. That said, pollinators love it, deer don’t bother it, and it’s beautiful. I’m allowing brave pioneers to grow in my now-diverse pollinator garden, and I will enjoy the ones braving my shade garden at woods’ edge across the yard. I first noticed this plant when I lived In Florida, where I guess it was manicured into polite behavior. Now I know it better; nice to know some living creature likes our increasingly hot climate of Piedmont NC.
Machu™ Morado Mexican Petunia Ruellia simplex
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
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This plant is great for hot climates and flowers prolifically when nights are warm and days are hotter. In climates where night temperatures are nice and cool, flowering will be sparse.Award WinnerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:BeesButterflies
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:18 - 32 InchesSpacing:10 - 18 InchesSpread:10 - 18 InchesFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:Periwinkle PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Deep GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Good in container and landscapes.Maintenance Notes:
This easy to care for annual loves heat and flourishes in difficult conditions. The tall plants have deep green, glossy foliage and flower most heavily when temperatures are hottest. While it will bloom in late summer in Midwestern gardens, it will bloom earlier in hotter climates and is a great plant for Southern gardens.
It does not spread from underground rhizomes.
Not a heavy feeder and deadheading is not necessary.Machu™ Morado Ruellia simplex 'R12-2-1' USPP 28,449
52433211Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Alice Smith, North Carolina, United States, 4 weeks ago
I bought these at my local garden center, on the container it says it’s a perrineal, I sure hope that’s right. Anyways I love the purple blooms, very plentiful. Will definitely buy more!Jo Copeland, Texas, United States, 41 weeks ago
They have a lovely structure and great leaf color... BUT barely any blooms. Out of the 5 plants we have planted they probably average a few blooms total per week by late August in zone 5b. Nice looking plant, but would only plant again for leaves and structure, not blooms.Christopher, New York, United States, 45 weeks ago
Gives amazing blooms everyday with a rich vibrant Purple!Roberto Gelacio, Texas, United States, 1 year ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial 2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville 2020 Leaders of the Pack North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2020 Top Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2020 Top Performer Biltmore Estate 2018 Plant of Distinction University of Georgia 2018 Leader of the Pack - All Season in Containers North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2018 Leader of the Pack - Late Season in Containers North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2018 Top Performer University of Georgia 2018 Top Flowering Annuals for Warm Weather Mississippi State University - Poplarville 2018 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale