www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Nuttall’s Meadowbeauty Rhexia nuttalli

Nuttall’s Meadowbeauty belongs to the family Melastomataceae. It is a Florida native plant found in the Panhandle and the Peninsula south to Collier and Palm Beach counties  It is usually found growing in wet pine flatwoods, savannas, and bogs.

This plant typically grows to a height less than 12 inches. The ovate leaves are oppositely attached directly to the stem.  The leaves are smooth with blunt teeth and short hairs along the margin.

Singular small flowers form at the top of the stem.  These flowers are about 1 inch across. They have four pinkish petals with eight stamens. The fruit is an urn-shaped capsule. Both the floral tube and the seed capsules are covered with small hairs. They bloom in spring and summer and attract insects, as can be seen in the upper right photo.  

This plant is very similar to the Fringed Meadowbeauty (Rhexia petiolata).  However, the leaves on this plant have a short stalk and are not attached directly to the stem.  The floral tube and seed capsule are not covered with hairs.

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

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