Ruellia californica


Despite the epithet, this plant doesn’t actually occur natively in California. Well, at least not the US version of California. This is a Mexican endemic, a Baja specialty, and a phylogenetic nightmare (unstable… perhaps of hybrid origin). Difficult on the inside, beautiful on the outside. Sink it in your yard for sure.

Not vouchered, cultivated in Lucinda’s back yard, originally from Mexico; Photo by Erin Tripp

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