Virginia Meadow Beauty

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Four winters ago two errant geese spent the night and brought some of the seeds of Virginia Meadow Beauty (Rhexia virginica), along with fertilizer to assure good germination to our pond. This year we have enough growing plants that we have made some tea using their leaves as my Mi'kmaq brothers have been doing for many winters. The tea is somewhat sour, 8 on the pucker scale of 1-10, and better used as a gargle I think. But if you are looking for a non-alcoholic throat wash, this is worth a try; ~ a tbsp of fresh leaves in 6 oz boiling water - steeped for 10 min. Cool and strain before use!

We have another species of Rhexia growing rather well at a nearby lake. That species R. aristosa is really a more common Pinelands flora. Although the leaves differ and other species have slightly different flowers, they share the pitcher-shaped fruit.

D3 - 60mm 2.8 (f/29; 1/250 sec, iso 100)

This is a beautiful little flower often overlooked as it is overshadowed by the Mrash St. Johnswort that grows with it in its aquatic-edge community.
 

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