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Rhexia virginica - L.
                 
Common Name Deer Grass, Handsome Harry
Family Melastomataceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Peat, wet sands and gravels to 700 metres[43]. Usually found in moist acid sandy soils[200].
Range Eastern N. America - Maine to Ontario, south to Florida, Missouri and Louisiana.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Rhexia virginica Deer Grass, Handsome Harry


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Rhexia virginica Deer Grass, Handsome Harry
James H. Miller @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens.
   
Physical Characteristics
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Rhexia virginica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Bog Garden; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses: Drink.

Leaves - raw or cooked[105]. A sweetish slightly acid taste[106, 183, K]. It makes a pleasant salad[183]. Roots - raw. They can be chopped and added to salads or used as a pleasant nut-like nibble[183]. A sour drink is made from the leaves and stems[257].
Medicinal Uses


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Miscellany.

A tea made from the leaves and stems is used as a throat cleaner[257].
Other Uses
Miscellany.

None known
Cultivation details
Requires a moist but freely draining neutral or acid peaty soil[200]. Incorporate sand or grit into the soil if necessary at planting time[200]. Grows well in a bog garden[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 10 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold greenhouse or frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring[K]. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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