Rhexia petiolata

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Common name: ciliate meadow-beauty [1], short-stemmed meadow-beauty [1], fringed meadowbeauty [2]

Rhexia petiolata
Rhexia petiolata SEF.jpg
Photo by John Gwaltney hosted at Southeastern Flora.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Rhexia
Species: R. petiolata
Binomial name
Rhexia petiolatas
Natural range of Rhexia petiolata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: R. ciliosa Michaux

Varieties: none


R. petiolata is a perennial forb/herb of the Melastomataceae family native to North America. [2]


R. petiolata is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to Maryland. [2]



R. petiolata proliferates in wet pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders, and ditches. [1]


R. petiolata has been observed to flower June through October. [3]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 USDA Plant Database https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RHPE
  3. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 29 MAY 2018