2nd October 2019

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Are Mexican petunias poisonous to animals?

Question: I would like to know if the plant known as Mexican petunia,or Katie dwarf (Ruellia brittonianna) is toxic for dogs. Thank you. Its absence from the lists is not an absolute guarantee that R. brittoniana is completely non-toxic; however, its absence from the lists is a good indication that it is harmless.

Similarly, when should Mexican petunias be pruned?

In general, the only pruning a Mexican petunia requires is an annual pruning in late winter or early spring to remove damaged, weak or otherwise undesirable stems back to the base of the plant. Cutting back spent flower stalks during the blooming period helps maintain a neat appearance.

Do Mexican petunias attract butterflies?

Yes, Mexican petunia (Ruellia) does attract butterflies. Many different butterflies enjoy visiting its flowers for their nectar, and some butterflies may use it as a host plant in their caterpillar stage.
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