|Etymology||Genus||After Jean Ruel, 16th century French botanist|
|Synonyms||Ruellia brittoniana Leonard, Ruellia microphylla Cav., Ruellia spectabilis (Hook.) G. Nicholson|
|Common Names||Mexican Blue Bells, Mexican Petunia, Spanish Ladies|
|Status||Exotic: Cultivated Only|
|Native Distribution||America (Mexico to Uruguay)|
Ruellia simplex is a erect herb up to 1m tall, and prefers moist wet habitats. It has very distinct linear leaves, squarish stems, and pink to purple flowers, depending on the cultivar.
A cluster growing along a canal.
Another flowering stalk from an opening of the canal.
Flowers can come in different colours.
CABI (n.d.). Ruellia simplex (Mexican petunia). Invasive Species Compendium, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International. https://www.cabi.org/ISC. Accessed on 20-Jan-2019.
Weeds of Australia (2012) Weeds of Australia, Biosecurity Queensland Edition. http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org. Accessed on 20-Jan-2019.