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Virginia Meadow Beauty has beautiful flowers with rather odd-looking and showy anthers. Other Rhexia spp. have flowers with similar anthers. The only other species of this genus in Illinois is Rhexia mariana (Pale Meadow Beauty). This latter species differs from Virginia Meadow Beauty by the more pale color of its petals (nearly white to pale pink), the lack of winged extensions on its stems, and its more narrow leaves, which are more lanceolate than ovate in shape. As a result, these two species are fairly easy to distinguish. There are additional Rhexia spp. in the southeastern section of the United States. Other common names for these species are Handsome Harvey, Deergrass, and Meadow Pitchers. This last name probably refers to the shape of the fruits.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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