If there is one landscape plant that is known for its regal beauty despite of being virtually trouble-free, then that must be Ruellia brittoniana ‘Purple Shower’ which is also known as Mexican petunia, Common ruellia, Wild petunia.
Ruellia brittoniana ‘Purple Shower’ is a tender evergreen shrub that is about 3’ tall or so in height. It has colonies of semi-woody stalks that bear dark green lance-shaped leaves. These leaves cast a metallic blue color under direct sunlight.
This plant bears the name ‘Purple Shower’ because it bears many purple flowers daily. Each tubular or trumpet-shaped flower can be seen at the tip of the stem and usually lasts for just one day.
Ruellia brittoniana ‘Purple Shower’ is a fast-growing plant and can even undergo self-seeding. This growth habit makes it one of the popularshrubs for landscaping. It is an ideal plant for use in a border or in hedges or at waterside.
It can also grow in pots or in containers. Like growing lantana, when in full bloom, the plant attracts many butterflies.