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Rhexia virginica

Rhexia virginica L.

virginia meadow-beauty, deergrass, handsome harry, wing-stem meadow-beauty

Synonym(s): Rhexia stricta, Rhexia virginica var. purshii, Rhexia virginica var. septemnervia
Rhexia virginica (Virginia Meadow-beauty)
Image ID: 18593
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: RHVI
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia virginica
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2019-02-25

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: RHEXI
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Rhexia
GENUS AUTHORITY: L.
GENUS COMMON: Meadowbeauty
GENUS SUMMARY: [contributed by Richard J. LeBlond]
GENUS IDENTIFICATION: Identification notes: Measurements of the hypanthium are to the base of the calyx lobes.
GENUS REFERENCES: Kral & Bostick (1969)=Z; Nesom (2012a)=Y; Bounds (1987); Wurdack & Kral (1982); Snyder (1996).

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: MELAST
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Melastomataceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Melastome Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 200 genera and 4500-5000 species, trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs, of tropical, subtropical , and warm temperate areas.
FAMILY REFERENCE:

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Erect perennial of wet pine flatwoods and savannas, pond shores, bogs and ditches.
STEMS: Stems square, angles narrowly winged, usually unbranched except near apex, bristly at the nodes, otherwise smooth to sparsely hairy.
LEAVES: Leaves opposite, sessile, broadly lance-shaped to oval, to 2 3/4 in. long, conspicuously 3-veined, sharply toothed and hairy along the margins, sometimes bristly.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Flowers in branched terminal clusters and from upper leaf axils; pinkish-purple; 1-1 1/2 in. wide; consisting of 4 broadly oval petals arising from a hairy or bristly, urn-shaped tube and 8 stamens with curved yellow anthers.
FRUITS: Fruit a round capsule enclosed in the urn-shaped tube.
COMMENTS: The flowers are buzz-pollinated by bumblebees.
HEIGHT: to 3 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Opposite
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Radial (Actinomorphic)
BLOOM TIME: May-Oct
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BLOOM COLOR: Pink, purple
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
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FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Bogs/pocosins, Disturbed, Pine savannas
NATIVE RANGE: eastern North America

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: The lovely pink blooms and spreading habit of this meadow-beauty are sure to make it a hit in your garden. Each individual flower is around an inch across with 4 rosy-pink petals that contrast beautifully with distinctive bright yellow stamens. The great flowers must be the cause for another common name, handsome Harry! Though it can be tolerant of drier conditions in cultivation, adequate moisture and good drainage will produce the happiest plants.

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Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Average, Moist/Wet
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 3
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE:
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
343 2011-0212 2011-10-19 347 View
2008 1986-1801 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
347 HORT 2010-10-08 Walker View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
835 343 44 NCBG staff 2011-10-18 View
836 343 12 Heiney 2011-12-06 View
3233 2008 63 NCBG staff 1986-12-23 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: RHVI
USDA Common Name: Handsome Harry
Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV), CAN (NS, ON)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW OBL OBL OBL OBL

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia virginica
COMMON NAME: Virginia Meadow-beauty, Deergrass, Handsome Harry, Wing-stem Meadow-beauty
SYNONYMY: [= C, G, GW, K, Mo, Pa, Va, W, WH3, WV, Y, Z; > R. virginica var. purshii (Sprengel) C.W. James - RAB; > R. virginica var. virginica - F, RAB; > R. virginica var. septemnervia (Walter) Pursh - F; = R. stricta Pursh - S]
PHENOLOGY: May-Oct.
HABITAT: Wet pine flatwoods and savannas, pond shores, bogs, and ditches.
COMMENTS: E. Canada and WI south to ne. FL, Panhandle FL, and TX.
RANGE MAP: Rhexia virginica.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Melastomataceae A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Melastome Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 200 genera and 4500-5000 species, trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs, of tropical, subtropical , and warm temperate areas.
REFERENCE:
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Rhexia L. (Meadowbeauty)
SUMMARY: [contributed by Richard J. LeBlond]
REFERENCE: Kral & Bostick (1969)=Z; Nesom (2012a)=Y; Bounds (1987); Wurdack & Kral (1982); Snyder (1996).

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Rhexia virginica in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Rhexia virginica in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Rhexia virginica in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Rhexia virginica in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Rhexia virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Rhexia virginica

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 18593
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 18593

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