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Ruellia elegans (Red Ruellia)

Red Ruellia, Elegant Ruellia


Ruellia elegans (Red Ruellia) is a showy annual boasting a profusion of bright scarlet trumpet shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm) on 6-8 in. wand-like stems (15-20 cm). Blooming for months from late spring until frost, they are held upright above a compact mound of soft green, semi-fuzzy foliage. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant reseeds readily and spreads rapidly. It is a dazzling addition to the garden and containers.

  • Grows up to 3 ft. tall and wide (90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Needs little to moderate water after it is established.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Native from Brazil to Chile.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Ruellia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Ruellia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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