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Smooth Meadow Beauty Rhexia alifanus

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Rhexia glabella
Phonetic Spelling
REKS-ee-uh
Description

Savanna Meadow Beauty is a native perennial wildflower with showy pink flowers found from NC south to FL and west to TX. In NC it is found on the coast and coastal plains. The pink flowers are showy with a long bloom season.

It prefers full sun and moist, acidic, sandy soil. It can be grown in pool or bog gardens and makes an excellent companion plant for carnivorous plants. It will also tolerate dryer sites but soil must be kept moist.

Habitat: Pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders, more able to tolerate merely moist soils than other Rhexia species

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#native perennials#moist soil#bumblebees#NC native#long bloom time#native wildflower#food source summer#food source fall#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bee friendly#bog garden#Audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#native perennials#moist soil#bumblebees#NC native#long bloom time#native wildflower#food source summer#food source fall#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bee friendly#bog garden#Audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhexia
    Species:
    alifanus
    Family:
    Melastomataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern and central U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts bumblebees.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is an upright vase-shaped capsule with numerous seeds. Displays from July to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Purplish pink 4-petaled flowers with 8 conspicuous stamens topped by bright yellow anthers. Blooms in panicles from May to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, sessile, lanceolate to elliptic in outline, with entire margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth yellow-green stems up to 4 feet tall
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees