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The Mexican Petunia

This is called the Ruellia simplex. It is also commonly known as the Mexican petunia, Mexican bluebell or Britton’s wild petunia. This plant comes in colors of blue , pink and white. It grows like a weed. The seed pods crack open when they are dry or when moisture touches them and the seeds are fly out like a bullet from a gun. The seeds reach far and wide and start growing in cracks and crevices too with a help of a little rain.

With the kind of rain we are having in the last few months these plants are everywhere. These plants attracts ants and mealy bugs. As pretty as they are they tend to become an annoyance in my garden. Everyday I have to weed out 20-25 plants.

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