www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Fringed Meadowbeauty Rhexia petiolata

The Fringed Meadowbeauty, also known as Ciliate Meadowbeauty, is a perennial herb found throughout the eastern United States from Texas to Maryland.  It is a Florida native plant found in the Panhandle and the northern and central parts of the Peninsula.  It is usually found growing in wet pine flatwoods, savannas, and bogs.

This plant grows to an average height of about 12 inches. The leaves are oppositely attached to the stem.  They are lance shaped and widest at the center.  Singular small flowers form at the top of the stem.  These flowers are about 2 inches across. They have four pinkish petals with eight stamens. They bloom in spring and summer and attract insects, as can be seen in the upper right photo.  The fruit is an urn-shaped capsule.

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

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