Identify this plant

Asked November 29, 2015, 7:36 AM EST

Trying to identify this two foot tall plant growing in my bean garden.

Pinellas County Florida plant identification

1 Response

It looks like Ruellia or wild petunia, a native wildflower. There are about half a dozen native to Florida. Flower colors range from purple to white. There are also some nonnatives, and it is difficult to be sure from an image, but I think this is probably native. The seeds can be spread by birds and other wildlife. Following are some links you can research to learn more about native Ruellias, if you want to.
http://fnps.org/search?cx=000570771655265991326%3Agyumehjjbg4&cof=FORID%3A11&q=ruellia&s...
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUCA4 ; http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUHU ; http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUMA9 ; http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUNO ; http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUPE4 ; http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUST2 .