Party Animal Plant

Maryland Meadow Beauty (Rhexia mariana)

Rhexia mariana is one of those plants that I discovered when developing a project plant list from a natural plant community analog. I would have otherwise never have considered it. Three years later, it has filled in quite nicely in the lower parts of the SPSC that I built where there is a minimum amount of consistent moisture. It provides solid ground coverage, filling in the ground plane around taller plants, and withstands the occasional high flow event. Grows one foot tall with pinkish-white flowers from June through October and prefers full sun.

From Plant Delights Nursery, this is probably my all time favorite plant description:

“…can be found in roadside ditches, pond edges, and wet prairies…a habitat also preferred by crushed beer cans and used condoms.”