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Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

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Botanical Journey from the South

Ruellia tuberosaRuellia tuberosa (Minnie Root) AkaΒ  Fever Root, Snapdragon Root, Sheep Potato,Β Waterkanon, Watrakanu, Minnieroot, Iron root, Feverroot, Popping Pod, Duppy Gun,Β Wayside tuberosa, Gunipeca batard, Bluebell, or Cracker plant,Β is a species of flowering plant in the Acanthaceae family. Its native range is in Central America (Caribbean, MΓ©xico, Central and South America (Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, PerΓΊ) andΒ has naturalized in many countries of tropical South and Southeast Asia.Β 

Ruellia tuberosaIt is a small biennial plant with thick fusiform tuberous roots and striking funnel-shaped violet-colored flowers. Its variant,Β Ruellia metziae Tharp (Metz’s Wild Petunia), or RuelliaΒ tuberose β€˜White Form’, was covered in this previous post.

Minnie Root

Hardy to USDA zones 9 – 11.Β The simple leaves are opposite and elliptic; the stem is 4 sided. The plant only flowers after the start of the rainy season.Β 

Ruellia tuberosa

Ruellia tuberosa reaches an average height of about 30-60 cm (12-23 in) in moist and shady environments. It grows, however, preferably…

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