This purple flower, Ruellia brittoniana, AKA (also known as) Wild
Petunia, was in a garden in front of my home years ago when we first
moved in. I wanted other plants there, so I pulled it out, but I liked
it, so I planted a few of them under an Australian Pine Tree elsewhere
in my yard. Everything else that I planted under that tree died (see my
Australian Pine Tree
page for the rest of that story), but those 5
or 6 purple flowered wild petunias grew and spread like wildfire. I
frequently spray total vegetation killer on the Australian Pine suckers
growing in and around the Ruellia, but they don't seem to be very
bothered by it.
Ruellia brittoniana, Wild Petunia, is not a native Florida plant, and it
is extremely hard to kill, and it spreads, so even though my skipper
butterflies nectar on it, I wouldn't recommend it for your butterfly
Have a look at this
Monk Skipper Butterfly nectaring
on the Ruellia. The skipper found the Ruellia flower, and you can see it
reaching with its proboscis trying to get to the nectar.
The skipper seems to be having some difficulty getting deep enough into
that very long flower:
The skipper is still trying (there is a point to this - just wait for
the photo after this one!):
I really hope you enjoyed that photo sequence as much as I did seeing it
happen and putting it here to share.
I'm still laughing at that
little Monk Skipper Butterfly in the flower. It reminds me of a very little kid
drinking out of a very large glass.