Wild Petunia - Ruellia humilis

 

NOTE: The Wild Petunia species is not listed in Dick Young’s books, apparently because it was never officially discovered and recognized in a purely natural setting here in Kane County.  However, according to Swink & Wilhelm’s authoritative Plants of the Chicago Region the plant was recognized as native in our adjoining counties of Dupage and Will counties. And so we have assumed that this beautiful little plant that does so well here in our Wildflower Sanctuary could very likely have been found in Kane County as well!   ~ NW.

    The Wild Petunias' most appealing features are their lovely soft blue/violet flowers that are tubular (in the shape of trumpet horns). 
    Seldom growing more than a foot tall (more like 5 or 6 inches), this somewhat rare plant is perfect for dry, hot locations such as rock gardens and dry sandy or rocky soils.. . . Moreover, they seem to do well in sun or shade!
    The Wild Petunias apparently self-seed with interesting seeds that explode, so once established they spread wide and well!
    The flowers bloom in June and into July — especially welcome with their soft blues and greens during some of the hottest, dryest summer days! (But they do close down in the afternoon!)