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Rose Myrtle Rhodomyrtus tomentosa

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


The Rose Myrtle, also known as Downy Myrtle, is native to the tropical portions of Asia.  In the U.S., It is only found in the southern half of the Florida peninsula.  It is considered an invasive plant in Florida.

This evergreen shrub grows to a height of six feet.  Its main habitat is pine flatwoods and shrubby flatwoods.  The rose-pink flower is about 1-inch in diameter and grows singularly or in small clusters.  The flower has five petals and a central mass of numerous pink stamens.  They bloom in the spring months.

The leaves are elliptical or oval in shape and grow to a length of three inches.  The upper surface is glossy green and shows three main veins emanating from the base.  The underside is soft and hairy.

These pictures were taken in Deep Creek in a field near the junction of Rio De Janeiro and Harborview.