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Rhexia virginica


Rhexia virginica, the handsome Harry<ref>Template:PLANTS</ref> or Virginia meadow-beauty, is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae. It is native to much of eastern North America, and is often found in moist, often acidic soils in open areas.<ref>http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/wetland/plants/meadow_beauty.htm Rhexia virginica at Illinois Wildflowers</ref>

This species is a perennial herb that is easily identified by its distinctly angled stems. It produces purple-pink flowers in the summer that use buzz pollination for reproduction.<ref>http://www.amjbot.org/content/86/4/502.full The pollination ecology of buzz-pollinated Rhexia virginica (Melastomataceae) Am. J. Bot. April 1999 vol. 86 no. 4 502-511</ref>