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Ruellia tuberosa (Minnie Root)

From violet-coloured “sheep potato” flowers to exploding seeds from Thailand…
Maria’s tropical garden blog has got it all, I tell ya! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀ Jackie

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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15 responses

  1. Thank you so much! May God bless you!

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    October 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    • My pleasure, Maria πŸ™‚ I’ve been wanting to reblog your blog for a long time… Now my favourite colour in a flower called “sheep potato” made a perfect fit… God’s blessings to you! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀


      October 14, 2015 at 7:35 pm

  2. They are beautiful! It reminded me my mother’s Everlasting Blossoms.

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    October 15, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    • Ah yes! Your mom’s crochet flowers are fibrously everlasting… And the tropical flowers on Maria’s blog are seemingly everlasting, since they’re in bloom the whole year through! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀

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      October 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

  3. I love these flowers. They are easy to plant.

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    October 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    • Oh yes Azura, me too! Well.. easy for you and your green fingers to plant, anyway πŸ˜‰ I love Maria’s blog! She’s very knowledgable. And after a few posts, I feel like I’ve walked through a tropical flower garden πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀


      October 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  4. Love the blooms πŸ™‚

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    October 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    • Me too… Plus, the purple petals go well with my blog’s purple background πŸ™‚ … I love Maria’s blog.and how every page is brimming with beautiful blossoms! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀

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      October 17, 2015 at 7:32 pm

  5. LNA

    Very nice ❀

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    October 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

    • Yes indeed, LNA πŸ™‚ Maria’s blog flourishes with flowers! πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀


      October 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

  6. I love the scent. I’ve never seek the purple ones.

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    October 20, 2015 at 9:36 am

    • Hi Meredith πŸ™‚ Me too… and love their “sheep potato” alias, which I figured made a good fit for my sheepish knitting blog πŸ™‚ β™₯ ❀


      October 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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