Botanical Name: Ruellia californica
 Common Name: California Ruellia
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color

Grey, White


Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Parking Lot, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

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Photographer: Mountain States Nursery

  • Description

  • Notes

An evergreen shrub grows to 4' tall by 4' wide. Many branches. Leaves are hairy on both surfaces. Flowers are purple, funnel- shaped and slightly fragrant. Plant will bloom nearly year round in warm climes. Tolerates light frost but can be disfigured or killed by a hard frost. Not attractive in winter but can rapidly regrow in spring. Native to the lower Sonoran desert.
Frost tolerant to 28 F.