Many members of this genus are tropical, but this is a North American native. Virgiinia meadow
prefer sun to moderate shade, acid soil, and moist to wet conditions. Henry David Thoreau once compared these fruits
to little cream pitchers, hence the term “meadow-pitchers.”
Plants: 8-40" (20-101 cm), bristly, usually unbranched except
for a few flower-bearing stems near the top. Taller plants sometimes flop over along the ground.
The central stem is light- to purplish-green, sharply 4-angled, with narrow wings.
Leaves: Opposite, up to 2½" (6.3 cm) × ¾" (1.9 cm),
sharply toothed, somewhat hairy, oval or narrowly oval, and sessile (attached to the stem).
Leaves have 3-5 prominent nerves.
Flowers: Stems, which are usually hairy, are topped by short
cymes of attractive flowers. Flowers are 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) around, bright pink, 4-petaled,
with 8 bright yellow stamens tipped by yellow or yellow-orange sickle-shaped anthers.
Flowers appear July-August.
Fruits: Urn-shaped capsules, ⅛-¼" (5.5-6.5 mm) long, with many seeds
<¹/₃₂" (1 mm) in size. Fruits appear July-September.