Meadow Beauty

How to Tell the Difference Between Maryland and Virginia Meadow Beauty?

Rhexia virginica Virginia Meadow Beauty has bright purple flowers, a square stem with wings, and the leaves are egg-shaped to oval and rounded at the base.  The stems and leaves can have a modest amount of hairs.

Rhexia mariana Maryland Meadow Beauty has pale purple flowers, a roundish, un-winged stem, and the leaves are lance-shaped and narrowed to a short stalk.  The stems of the Maryland Meadow Beauty can have more of a density of hairs along the stem.

Both plants flower in the summer and are equally common in Maryland and are found in low meadows and sandy swamps of both the eastern and western shores.