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Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex, bears purple blooms on four-foot tall stems. In the north, it is used as an annual, but here in zone 8, it is considered a perennial. It likes full sun and is heat tolerant. Most plants will go dormant or suffer in summer when nights stay warm, but Mexican petunia continues to grow, even thrive.
You know how a song can get stuck in your head? I’ve been singing “Build Me Up Buttercup,” the '60s hit by The Foundations, in my mind for days now. It started when I saw Buttercups blooming on the side of the road, just in time for National Wildflower Week, which is the first full week of May.