Ruellia, perfect for filling in the beds

A short post on the bedding plant: Ruellia.  The one above is not the dwarf variety.  Ruellia makes a great plant for the south Florida yard for several reasons.  First, it is very hardy and pest resistant.  Second, it blooms nearly constantly, especially after a hard rain.  Third, it is propagated easily from cuttings so you can  spread it around and fill in those empty spots in your beds.

Most people trim this plants incorrectly.  It should be cut hard, that is way back, periodically and then allowed to flush back out.  This encourages flowering.  Along the way, it can be shaped and sheared periodically to keep it a little level.  If you want to start some, just ask a friend for some cuttings next time they trim.