We visited my parents over the weekend at their home in northeast Louisiana, and enjoyed sitting on their back porch watching the antics of their hummingbirds as they swarmed around two feeders. I'll share a few of the pictures I captured of the hummers later this week, but today I'd like to share these colorful Mexican Petunias (ruellia brittoniana), which are growing in a flower bed near their porch.
Mexican Petunia is a perennial shrub that grows to be about three feet high and three feet wide.
When grown under hot sunny conditions, the foliage assumes a metallic bluish cast.
The flowers are trumpet-shaped, and between one-and-a-half and two inches in diameter.
They can be white, pink, purple, or any shade of blue, but I've never seen any color but the bluish-purple. The flowers bloom profusely during the hottest part of the year, and butterflies love them.
This is a picture of my Mexican Petunias which I took a couple of years ago. If you look closely, you can see butterflies in and amongst the blooms.
The plant is native to Mexico, but it can be found throughout the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, in some places, like Florida, it has been declared invasive.
Invasive or not, I love Mexican Petunias but, then, I love Morning Glories ...
And Clover, too!