Deer Grass (Rhexia virginica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Deer Grass
Rhexia virginica
Melastomataceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

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

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
Eastern N. America – Maine to Ontario, south to Florida, Missouri and Louisiana.

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