Acanthaceae Family:

Ruellia humilis on 9-8-18, #504-35.

Acanthaceae Juss.


The Acanthaceae Family was named and described by Antione Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.

Plants of the World Online lists 206 accepted genera in this family (as of 8-3-21 when this page was last updated). It is commonly known as the Acanthus Family.

The two species in the family I am most familiar with are Ruellia humilis (Wild Petunia) and Ruellia simplex (Mexican Petunia). Ruellia humilis grows wild on my farm and throughout the state. A friend gave me a start of Ruellia simplex while I was living in Mississippi and then Mrs. Wagler (of Wagler’s Greenhouse) gave me a start of hers in 2018. I had a brief encounter with a third species, Strobilanthes alternata (Purple Waffle), IN 2012 while I was living in Mississippi… You can click on the species name under their photos to go to their own page.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family.


Ruellia simplex (Mexican Petunia) on 10-1-19, #637-6.


Strobilanthes alternata on 10-24-12, #124-1.



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