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Old 06-05-2019, 07:05 AM   #1
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Identify these flowers?

Anyone know the common or botanical names for these perennials are growing in our Florida yard?

I can't find them in the U of F extension service web site.

The one with the trumpet-shaped flower and long, thin leaves is a low-growing, spready perennial.

The second is an upright shrub, 3-4 feet high. The flower spikes (this one is pretty well spent) are about 6 inches high.
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It is Joee >>> AKA Blue Porterweed, Jamaica Snakeweed,
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that's Flower No. 2, correct? Thanks!

Stlll waiting on No. 1.


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It is Joee >>> AKA Blue Porterweed, Jamaica Snakeweed,
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Anyone know the common or botanical names for these perennials are growing in our Florida yard?

I can't find them in the U of F extension service web site.

The one with the trumpet-shaped flower and long, thin leaves is a low-growing, spready perennial.

The second is an upright shrub, 3-4 feet high. The flower spikes (this one is pretty well spent) are about 6 inches high.
The bottom one looks like Porter Weed, a plant from Africa popular in butterfly gardens. It’s pretty unique. Ours is a beautiful large shrub that attracts butterflies all year.

The top one looks very similar to our South Texas Runyon’s Violet Wild Petunia, which is in the Ruellia genus. So maybe you can find out your local ruellia with purple flowers.
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Plant No. 2 has been identified! It is Blue Porterweed/Jamaica Snakeweed. Definitely attracts butterflies. Now I have to find out what the butterflies are called :-) will post photos...

Plant No. 1 remains Unidentified at this time.
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Plant No. 2 has been identified! It is Blue Porterweed/Jamaica Snakeweed. Definitely attracts butterflies. Now I have to find out what the butterflies are called :-) will post photos...

Plant No. 1 remains Unidentified at this time.
I updated my previous response to include plant no 1. Or at least a big clue.

A quick google of ruellia in Florida, and Ruellia Simplex, or Mexican Petunia pops up the most. https://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/ruella.html
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I agree with Audrey that #1 is a wild petunia
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Ruellia Brittoniana appears to be a synonym for Ruellia Simplex.
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Yes! Mexican Petunia looks just like what we have.

Thank you, my horticultural friends!
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At first I read that as "Rule Britannia"

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Ruellia Brittoniana appears to be a synonym for Ruellia Simplex.
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If you prefer to use cyclops (an app), might want to check this out :

https://awesomejelly.com/8-best-apps...nts-flowers-2/

Haven't tried myself so can't say how accurate are the results.
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Number 1 is Ruellia, Mexican petunia. Very popular planting in Florida. It is invasive so use with caution. It spreads.
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Number 1 is Ruellia, Mexican petunia. Very popular planting in Florida. It is invasive so use with caution. It spreads.
Indeed. We use it as a border plant and its seeds grow new plants readily, so we are constantly pulling them up as weeds from places we don't want them. It does not spread by runners.

OTOH, this plant is ideal for a 1 foot gap between a hot concrete driveway and a hot concrete foundation where nothing else will grow all-year-round. We have river rocks of 2" to 4" there, but the Ruellia has taken over and the rocks are now completely hidden.
Even running over it with the occasional tire or lawnmower does not slow it down.
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Number 1 is Ruellia, Mexican petunia. Very popular planting in Florida. It is invasive so use with caution. It spreads.
Agree. We inherited some with our house and will be taking them out, even though they look beautiful.
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Yes! Mexican Petunia looks just like what we have.

Thank you, my horticultural friends!
Yes, we have those plants here in Bradenton. They grow faster than anything.
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