to the web and to all my weed and wildflower books.
As best I can tell, that is a Penstemon. It definitely is not Ruellia. I don't have a Ruellia bloom for comparison on mine, except for Red Katy. The foliage is not Ruellia.
In its sandy habitat.
What I've been calling Vernonia turns out to be a Verbena of some kind, but not V. bonariensis if what I was given as Verbena on a Stick is the right one. It resembles V. hastata but is not exactly like what is in my books. There may be 25 kinds of Verbena, according to my Little Golden Book. My Audobon Field Guide was little help, either. This must be a common one, it's all over the wilder parts of the farm, in fence rows and meadows.
Anyway, here's a look at the one in the garden on the left and the one in the meadow on the right.
The foliage is similar but not identical.
Verbena species, in the wild.
A last look at the little Penstemon, only about 6 inches tall.
By the Way, I saw butterflies today. Two Pipevine butterflies were on Catchfly, and a tattered American Painted Lady.
Before I went to the fields to make pictures of the Verbena, I saw a dark moth of some kind on the damp driveway after the shower of rain we had. It wasn't enough rain to measure, but I am grateful for any amount. I'm glad to see butterflies returning.