Reullia peninsularis     
Desert ruellia   
Acanthaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: dense rounded shrub
Seasonality: evergreen; may drop leaves in response to cold
Size: 2-4ft with equal spread
Leaves: elliptical, dark green resinous
Flowers: blue trumpet-shaped flower; blooms spring to fall, best color in late spring
Fruit: small oblong seed
  close-up of leaves
close-up of flowers
leaf and flower details
on Ruellia peninsularis
Stems/Trunks: not ornamental, solid gray
Range/Origin: Baja California and lower Sonoran desert
Hardiness: twig damage starts in high 20s; recovers quickly



Desert Ruellia
Ruellia peninsularis

aka Baja reullia

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