Mexican petunia - Mayan Series
Wanted to share info on a newer Mexican petunia I noticed at Home Depot today. The white flowering ones caught my eye. The label ID'd them as ruellia simplex "Mayan White".
At home I googled and learned that the Mayan series consists of 3 new sterile cultivars (purple, white and pink) developed by the University of Florida and commercialized in 2013. They're supposed to have a more compact growth habit.
I realize that some consider the Mexican petunia too "common" for their garden. I feel differently. A tall clump of the sterile "Purple Showers" already provides perfect height, color, and foliage contrast in a difficult growing area of my garden.
I didn't buy the Mayan White today, but now that I know a bit more about it, I'm going to look around and see if there's a home for it in my garden too. I love the pop that spots of white give to the beds. Maybe you do too.