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Pale Meadow Beauty Rhexia mariana var. mariana

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Phonetic Spelling
REKS-ee-uh mar-ee-AH-nuh mar-ee-AH-nuh
Description

Maryland Meadow Beauty is a native wildflower with light pink flowers found in the eastern and central USA.  In NC it is found in the coastal plains in sandy, wet, nutrient-poor acidic soil and tolerates periodic flooding. It grows in full sun to partial shade and can be used in water gardens, along streams or ponds and in bog gardens.

The 4-petaled flowers are pink to nearly white and bloom during the summers. The plant grows from rhizomes and can form colonies.

Habitat: Pine flatwoods, wet meadows, bog margins, ditches, wet roadsides, often weedy

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#rain garden#pink flowers#native perennials#pond margins#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source fall#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bee friendly#bog garden#Audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#rain garden#pink flowers#native perennials#pond margins#bumblebees#NC native#native wildflower#food source summer#food source fall#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains OBL#bee friendly#bog garden#Audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhexia
    Species:
    mariana
    Family:
    Melastomataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern and central U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts bumblebees.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    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:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 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:
    Urn-shaped capsules display from July to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Lavender-pink to nearly white 4-petaled flowers with 8 stamens and prominent curved yellow anthers. Blooms from May to October.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Short stemmed green leaves are linear to lanceolate with hairs on both surfaces. 1-2" long & 1/3 as wide. Toothed margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    The stem is glandular-hairy and unevenly square, often freely branched.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Poor Soil
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Weedy