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The Pale Meadowbeauty, Rhexia mariana, also called the Maryland Meadowbeauty, is found throughout most of the eastern United States east of the Mississippi and north to Michigan, New York, and Massachusetts.  It is a Florida native plant and grows throughout much of the Peninsula and all of the Panhandle.  It likes wet to seasonally moist areas, such as sandhills, flatwoods, bogs, and marshes.

This plant is a perennial that can grow to a height of 2.5 feet.  The slender stems are square and hairy.  The oppositely arranged leaves are lance-shaped and also hairy. Loosely arranged flowers appear at the top of the stem.  These flowers can vary in color from rose-pink to lavender to white and are 1 to 2 inches wide.  They have four lopsided petals; eight stamens can be found in the center with yellow to orange elongated anthers that curve downward.  They usually bloom from July through September.

The photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for Pale Meadowbeauty are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).