Ruellia ssp.

BONAP indicates 24 species of Ruellia in the U.S. with 2 species of Ruellia native to Iowa.

Wild petunia Ruellia humilis - Fringeleaf Wild petunia

Smooth petunia Ruellia strepens - Smooth petunia

Bonap's maps show more incidents of R. humilis than R. strepens in Iowa. Both populations seem to be entering Iowa from Missouri and from Illinois. Although the plants are variable in their chaeracteristics, Several generalities can be extracted from Steyermark's discriptions of these two plants: