Two purple Ruellia simplex flowers
Ruellia-simplex
Ruellia simplex (Mexican Petunia)

In Colombia it has a wide habitat and is likely naturalized. Spreads very quickly, grows easily from cutting and is drought tolerant. Over time it can get as dense as a hedge. The blooms rarely last past noon in strong heat, but are ever-blooming. Photographed in Barranquilla where it is very common.

A bedding of Ruellia brittoniana plants with purple flowers in shade
A bedding of Ruellia brittoniana plants with purple flowers in sunlight
Smiling attractive girl next to purple Ruellia brittoniana flowers
Smiling girl with sunglasses standing in front of a Ruellia brittoniana flowers in sunlight
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