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When isn’t violet violet?

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Wild White Petunia Flower 0449

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When isn’t violet violet? When we’re talking about the color not of the Ruellia you saw last time, nudiflora, nor of various other genus-mates, but of Ruellia metziae, a less common species known as wild white petunia. (Some sources, including Marshall Enquist, classify this as Ruellia nudiflora var. metzae.) In the United States the wild white petunia grows only in Texas.

I took this photograph on July 14th along Old Settlers Blvd. near Greenhill Dr. in Round Rock, a suburb immediately north of Austin that has grown to 100,000 people. There may not be that many little crinkles on this flower, but there are a lot of them, and they add to its charm.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 28, 2013 at 6:10 AM

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