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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    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
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.

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rhexia virginica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant 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].

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Medicinal Uses

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Miscellany

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

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Other Uses

Miscellany

None known

Special Uses

Food Forest

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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]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is tuberous with swollen potato-like roots [1-2].

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Plant 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.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

NORTHERN AMERICA: Canada, Nova Scotia, Ontario (south), United States, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine (south), Massachusetts, Michigan (southwest), New Hampshire (south), New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont (south), West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa (southeast), Missouri (south), Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida (north), Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas,

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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