Wild Petunia, Ruellia
Acanthaceae or Acanthus Family
Erect plant to 3 feet tall. Flowers large, lavender
blue, funnel-shaped with 5 flaring lobes. Leaves
egg-shaped, not toothed, opposite each other. Flowers
arise from the axils of the leaves. Blooms in summer. Fruits are little sausage-shaped capsules.
Native plant of woodland clearings. Rare in the Park, near the junction of Wildwood Drive with the Riverway bikepath and along the bikepath to the South Bridge.
Hairy wild petunia is similar, but has hairy stems and
leaves. It has not been reported from the Park.