Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi' Wild Petunia



Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi' has soft pink, petunia-like flowers from summer through fall. Its narrow, dark green leaves and purple stems set off the blooms nicely. Ruellia 'Ch iChi' is an upright plant that spreads underground via rhizomes and by seed. It is very tolerant of heat and humidity.

Also called Wild Petunia or Mexican Petunia, Ruellia brittoniana is native to Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, but has naturalized in parts of Florida.

Ruellia brittoniana 'Chi Chi' prefers full sun to light shade and moist soil. It loves lots of moisture, but will grow easily in average soil. Plants can tolerate standing water up to 6". It is sometimes called Water Bluebell. Wonderful at pond edge.


  • Common Names: Wild petunia
  • Zones: 7-10
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefer consistently moist soil
  • Height at Maturity: 18-24
  • Width at Maturity: 15-18
  • Bloom Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to midfall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Rabbits. Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.