virginia meadow-beauty, deergrass, handsome harry, wing-stem meadow-beauty
Synonym(s): Rhexia stricta, Rhexia virginica var. purshii, Rhexia virginica var. septemnervia
Image ID: 18593
Image by: Ware, Richard & Teresa
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rhexia virginica
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2019-02-25
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 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:
INTRO:Erectperennial 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:
Opposite LEAF COMPLEXITY:
Simple LEAF RETENTION: FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
BLOOM TIME: May-Oct
BLOOM COLOR: Pink, purple
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.
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
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]
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 SymbolsABOUT 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).
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)