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Virginia Meadow Beauty


Common Name: Virginia Meadow Beauty

Latin Name: Rhexia virginica

[Pronounced: "REX-ee-uh vir-GINN-ica"]

Type of Plant: Forb

Identification Helps: The flower of this plant is diagnostic, as in  the photo. It is a low-growing forb, often found at the base of taller prairie vegetation. It can grow to 2 ft in size, but is usually only a foot or less in height.

Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Virginia Meadow Beauty grows in the partial shade of taller prairie plants, in wet soils, often sandy.

Preferred Soils: Moist sand or silts, generally of acid pH.

Seasons of Growth and Bloom: This forb blooms from July through September.

Natural Distribution in Ohio: Virginia Meadow Beauty is restricted to about 15 Ohio counties, including the prairie counties of Erie and Lucus in northern Ohio, and the prairie counties abutting the Ohio River.

Description and General Information: This showy species is one of the few prairie perennial prairie forbs that grow and flower in the shade of taller forbs and grasses.