Saturday, June 28, 2014
Pale Meadowbeauty - Rhexia mariana
This is a perennial herbaceous wildflower that often dies back to the ground each winter and reemerges in the early spring. Mature plants reach a height of 2-3 feet by summer. The leaves are linear and opposite each other on the very hairy stems. Like other members of the genus, pale meadowbeauty forms extensive colonies by underground stems.
Flowering occurs in early summer to fall. The four broad petals recurve slightly backwards and the overall flowers are about 1 inch across. The stamens end in conspicuous yellow curved anthers and, following pollination, the urn-shaped seed capsules are distinctive.
Meadowbeauties, as a genus, are only rarely propagated and sold commercially. All make wonderful additions to a moist-soil setting, if provided sun to mostly sunny conditions.