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Yellow Meadowbeauty Rhexia lutea

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
REKS-ee-uh LOO-tee-uh
Description

Yellow Meadowbeauty is a native perennial wildflower that has showy yellow blooms. It is found in the coastal and coastal plains from NC south to FL and west to TX. The showy yellow flowers bloom in spring and early summer. This plant requires consistently moist to wet habitats and could be grown in bog gardens or naturalized in wetlands. It may be difficult to find for sale.

Habitat: Wet pine flatwoods and savannas, seepage slopes, and bogs

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Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#yellow flowers#native perennials#wetlands#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bog garden#Audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#yellow flowers#native perennials#wetlands#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bog garden#Audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhexia
    Species:
    lutea
    Family:
    Melastomataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern and central U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    Yellow Meadowbeauty
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat tolerant.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Upright urn-shaped fruit displays from June to September.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cross
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    4 yellow petals almost rounded 1" across with straight stamens appear April-July. Other members of this family have curved stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Up to 2" long 1/4" wide linear to oblong green leaves with hairs, slightly dentate margins and stemless. Deep center veins and pointed tips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    4 sided main stem covered with bristles
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil