Ruellia squarrosa (ACANTHACEAE) Creeping Ruellia, Blue Shade

Weeds to Whack

Creeping Ruellia grows very low to the ground and spreads more by underground runners than by seeds. This is a newly emerged and quite invasive weed — one to watch for. Leaves are wide, dark green, soft and fuzzy. Blooms in deep shade and does well even when overgrown by other plants.
Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage Close-up, New Growth

The fruit has a brown tendril, the remains of the style and stigma. This plant was photographed at Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap under the walk bridge at the junction of Fish and Enoggera Creeks.
Photo: Robert Whyte