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Rhexia lutea (Yellow meadow beauty)
Cressler, Alan

Rhexia lutea

Rhexia lutea Walter

Yellow Meadow Beauty

Melastomataceae (Melastome Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The yellow meadow beauty, usually about 18 inches tall, has many branches and flower stems growing out of the leaf axils of the 4-sided main stem. Leaves are opposite, 1 inch long and 1/4 inch wide, and attached directly to the stem. They are slightly toothed, have a deep center vein, and are pointed at the tip. The yellow flowers, 1 inch across, grow out of the leaf axils on short stems which usually have one or more pairs of leaves. The 4 petals are almost round. The stamens are straight, lacking the curve of other species in this family.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Margin: Dentate
Size Notes: Usually about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX

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 Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-MLE-26 Collected 2006-07-23 in Hardin County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Rhexia lutea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Rhexia lutea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhexia lutea


Record Modified: 2017-11-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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