Meadow Beauty, Rhexia virginica aka Handsome Harry blooms for the first time!
I saw a photo of the Meadow Beauty in my tiny Wildflowers in Color book by Arthur Stupka. Since I first saw the photo about 15 years ago, I always wanted a plant. The background colors look a bit strange because I corrected the color of the petals from a purplish pink. Unusual anthers, no??
I mail ordered a Meadow Beauty plant last year from an online nursery. I was a bit disappointed when the plant arrived because it was such a puny thing in a 3" pot. I knew it wouldn't bloom the first year and just hoped it would survive the winter despite it's rather small size. Survive it did and the first flower has just opened.
There are clusters of buds so I hope all they will all bloom in succession. The plant is rather small, not even a foot tall although in favorable conditions, they apparently grow to be about 18" tall. I see the leaves show a bit of chlorosis so I'll have to ameliorate that condition.
It seems our nasty cat has rubbed up against the flower leaving behind a few hairs on the plant. If you click on the photos to enlarge them you can see the tell tale multicolored hair that's characteristic of his fur.
And here's a picture of "Evil" the killer of numerous mice, voles, shrews, birds, rabbits, rats, and attacker of foxes, tormentor of our dog.