Botanical Name: Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie'
 Common Name: Katie Ruellia
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover


Height Range



Flower Color

Pink, Purple, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Tropical, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Kathleen Moore

Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

A refined ground cover that grows at a moderate rate to 1' x 2'. Narrow dark green leaves. Accepts full sun or partial shade. 2-inch purple flowers appear spring to fall. Great for small areas.
Frost tolerant to 28 F. Look for selections that offer pink or white flowers.