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Rhexia mariana

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REX-ee-a mar-ee-AY-na
Description

Maryland Meadow Beauty is a low growing perennial in the meadow beauty family. It is found in the southeastern US in savannas, meadows, marshes and bogs. It prefers moist, sandy-loam, slightly acidic soil in full sun to part shade. It will also tolerate rocky acidic soils and seasonal flooding.

The flowers appear mid-summer to fall with a fairly long bloom season of 1-2 months. They are pollinated primarily by bumblebees

Use this plant along ponds or streams, around water gardens, bogs or other sandy wet areas.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. mariana
Tags:
#purple#white#water garden#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#NC native#summer flowers#pond#marshes#prairies#partial shade tolerant#bog gardens#meadows#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. mariana
Tags:
#purple#white#water garden#white flowers#purple flowers#pink flowers#NC native#summer flowers#pond#marshes#prairies#partial shade tolerant#bog gardens#meadows#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rhexia
    Species:
    mariana
    Family:
    Melastomataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE U.S.A., NC
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
  • 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)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Seed pods are small and brown, resembling urns.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The 2 inches wide, 4 petaled flowers are white, pink, purple, or pale pink and have long stamens with bright yellow curved anthers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are opposite and elliptic, lanceolate, or ovate, up to 3 inches long and 1.25 inches across. The leaves are 3-nerved with the surface nearly glabrous to hairy. They may take on a maroon coloring in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Green stem is glandular-hairy
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees