By William T. Hathaway

Meadow-Beauty (Rhexia mariana)

The Meadow-Beauty (Rhexia mariana) is a somewhat rare plant that is scattered about in local marshes, meadows and ditches. Its showy flowers have petals that drop off quickly; the comparatively large stamens are tipped with slender, long anthers.

Some botanical publications refer to plants in this genus as “Deergrass.” According to Gray's Manual of Botany, the generic name Rhexia was a name used by Pliny for some unknown plant. The specific name mariana means “of Maryland.” This species is similar to a closely-related Meadow-Beauty, Rhexia virginica, which has rich purple flowers.