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Rhexia mariana L.
Maryland meadowbeauty, Maryland meadow-beauty, Meadow beauty
USDA Symbol: rhma
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The slender, lightly hairy stems of this 2 1/2 ft. perennial bear attractive pairs of densely hairy lance-shaped, distinctly veined leaves. The white or rose-colored to purple flowers are 2 in. across and are loosely arranged in leaf axils at the top of the stem. The four petals are attached to a cylindrical floral tube. A cluster of yellow-orange stamens contrast with the petals.
Pale Meadow Beauty is a member of the meadow beauty family (family Melastomaceae), which includes herbs, trees and shrubs, with flowers generally in clusters. There are about 175 genera and 3,000 species, mostly in tropical regions, particularly South America, but Rhexia is native to the United States and Cuba.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 2 inches
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WV Native Distribution:
Coastal Plain from e. MA
across s. states at low altitudes to TX,
& n. in the interior to s. IN, MO
& KS Native Habitat:
Savannas & meadows; marshes & bogs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Mesic to wet, fertile soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Acid-based
Conditions Comments: Var. mariana occurs in the interior; var. purpurea on the Coastal Plain.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Water garden, Bog or pond area
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Root Division Description:
Seeds are too small to be planted outdoors. Seedlings grow slowly, need to be kept moist, and are susceptible to damping off. Stem
cuttings taken any time during the growing season can be rooted under mist. Where colonies with many stems have formed, d Seed Collection:
turns from green to copper, dry out and become brittle when the seeds are mature. Store the cleaned seeds in a sealed, refrigerated container. Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sunshine Farm & Gardens
- Renick, WV
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff