Ruellia humilis

Ruellia = John de la Ruelle (author of De natura plantarum, 1536)
humilis = growing close to the ground 


Synonym:
Family:Acanthaceae
Common Name:Wild Petunia
Authority: Nutt. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Nuttall)
Etymology:
C Value:3
Wetness:FACU-
# of Species in  
Genus in Illinois:
4
Duration:Perennial
Reproduction:Monoecious
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Forb
Leaf Arrangement:Opposite
Leaf Type:Simple
Leaf Margin:Entire
Leaf Toothing:Entire
Flower Color:Purple
Habitat:Mesic to dry black soil prairies, dry open woodlands, limestone glades, bluffs
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
ID Tips:Multi-branched stem may reach a height of 2 feet but is usually less than a foot tall. The short internodes give the plant a compact, leafy, bushy appearance. Its showy flowers are petunia shaped.
Gee Whiz:This genus is not related to the Petunia genus, which is in the Solanaceae.