Last month Dianne Machesney found beautiful flowers blooming at Cape May, New Jersey. This one is Maryland Meadow Beauty (Rhexia mariana), a wetland plant that likes sandy soil.
Rhexia mariana grows as far north as Michigan and Massachusetts but neither of us have seen it in southwestern Pennsylvania.
I’m sure that’s because our area has the wrong habitat … few wetlands and almost no sand.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)