(No, I'm not talking about that tacky tourist park on the NC/SC line where Pedro sells sombreros the size of beach umbrellas.) Petunias have been used as garnish, but as members of the nightshade family, they are not to be eaten. In truth, Mexican petunia removal requires vigilant attention to the garden or lawn where they’re a problem and may become a long-term project. Leaf margins are can be smooth or wavy. 12. Mexican petunia is not a real petunia, but its flower looks like one. Petunias are the perfect flower for gardeners concerned about planting cat-friendly gardens. Hereof, are Mexican petunias edible? It might not, however, be winter-hardy in north Georgia. You can also propagate this plant via purchased seeds, cuttings, or division. Veins are prominent on the underside of the leaf. Likewise, what plants are toxic to dogs? The accepted botanical name is Ruellia brittoniana, but you'll also see it called R. malacosperma and R. tweediana. Thanks! Gardeners have traditionally used Mexican petunia to add height to perennial borders, since it can grow up to three feet tall. A: Mexican petunia, Ruellia simplex, should grow perfectly well outdoors in the Atlanta area. Sep 7, 2008 #2 E. egyptiandan New Member. Joined Aug 31, 2007 Messages 5,794 Location (City and/or State) USA. Mexican petunia spreads naturally by both seeds – it can spew the small brown discs as far as ten feet – and rhizomes. #2 Tomato Plant. Sep 7, 2008 #3 Stems are green or purple and leaves are dark green, oppositely arranged and lance-shaped, roughly 6 to 12 inches long and ½ to ¾ inches wide. Mexican Petunias If anyone knows whether Russian Tortoises or Leopard Tortoises can eat them safely please let me know. Answer: Neither Ruellia brittonianna (Mexican petunia) nor any other species of Ruellia appear in any of the following toxic plant databases: Poisonous Plants of … These ornamental palms are popular in warmer climates and every part of it is toxic to dogs. 10 Year Member! Sow R. simplex seeds in early spring, after all danger of frost has passed. I can't find it on any toxic plant list. Mexican Petunia. Mexican-petunia is a perennial in zones 8 to 11 that stands up to 3 feet in height. They grow rapidly and spread easily, even in conditions that would be less than ideal for many plants. Can I leave it out for the winter or do I have to take it inside? Mexican petunias are a pretty flowering evergreen perennial that can be grown in containers, as shrub-like plants, or as ground cover. Mexican petunia is an attractive blue- to purple-flowered perennial that is available at some garden centers. 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