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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Rhexia alifanus

Savanna Meadow-beauty, Smooth Meadow-beauty

Scientific Name:

Rhexia alifanus

Genus:

Rhexia

Species Epithet:

alifanus

Common Name:

Savanna Meadow-beauty, Smooth Meadow-beauty

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Melastomataceae (Melastome Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine flatwoods and savannas, pocosin borders, more able to tolerate merely moist soils than other Rhexia species. Occurs throughout the NC Coastal Plain except absent in the northeastern quarter. Common in the southern half of the range mainly in the Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) zones north to Craven, Harnett, and Montgomery counties. Infrequent to rare in the northern part of the range.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

The fruit is an pitcher-shaped capsule.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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