Rhexia virginica. Meadow Beauty Family. July - Sept.

A square-stemmed plant 10 - 18 inches high, found in sandy marshes or near water. Maine to Florida, Ontario to Iowa and southward.

Flowers

Magenta or purplish, division 4, 8 prominent, golden yellow, floral organs.

Leaves

Opposite, mostly 5-veined, toothed, seated on stem.

Meadow Beauty.

Meadow Beauty.

Maryland Meadow Beauty

R. mariana. May be distinguished from the preceding by its round stems and short-stemmed leaves. Found south of New Jersey.