The Mexican petunia is a low mounding perennial with long dark evergreen leaves and purple-blue flowers that cover the plant from spring into summer. This species grows 12-15 in. high and to 24 in. wide with a compact habit. One popular cultivar, R. b. ‘Katie’, is smaller with a mature size 12-15 in. in height and 15-18 in. wide. These plants are valued for their attractive foliage and large purple petunia-like flowers.
This southwestern native grows best with regular water and protections from hot sun exposures. It is cold tolerant, surviving temperatures below 20°F, and maintains good foliage character throughout the year.