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Rhexia mariana var. exalbida [= Rhexia lanceolata]

White Meadow-beauty

Scientific Name:

Rhexia mariana var. exalbida [= Rhexia lanceolata]

Genus:

Rhexia

Species Epithet:

mariana

Common Name:

White Meadow-beauty

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Melastomataceae (Melastome Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Wet pine flatwoods and savannas, wet meadows, ditches, and wet roadsides. Rare in NC Piedmont, uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

GNR: Unknown, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Allegedly merging into R. mariana var. mariana from FL westward, var. exalbida appears quite distinct in NC. The white flowers and linear leaves are diagnostic. Global rank is G5TNR (main species is secure but variety is unknown)

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