Anyone Know What This Is?

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I have these growing wild around my yard/property. They produce lovely lavender flowers in spring and early summer that unfortunately only last a day. I haven't been able to identify the species, and was wondering if anyone knows what it is. Any help much appreciated.

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Possibly a variety of mock orange? Philadelphus?
 

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Possibly a variety of mock orange? Philadelphus?

It's not a shrub like the mock oranges, nothing really woody about it. When collected last year it had a single stem, which died off in winter. It produced two stems this year. In the wild I don't recall seeing this happen, but I'll have to look at some more.

Thanks for the response.

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Looks like some type of Ruellia, also called Wild Petunia, to me. Very common in the south. FYI- These will produce roots from cuttings very easily in water if you want more. They also will flower quite well in the shade.
 
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Looks like some type of Ruellia, also called Wild Petunia, to me. Very common in the south. FYI- These will produce roots from cuttings very easily in water if you want more. They also will flower quite well in the shade.

Hey, I think you nailed it! Thanks very much, I hate not knowing what I have.

I've got these critters all over my yard, so I won't need to make any more. But it's good to know they're easy to propagate.

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