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Hesperis matronalis, photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Hesperis matronalis, photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Hesperis matronalis

Dame's Rocket

Perennials, Flowers

Old-fashioned cottage garden plant from central and southern Europe; naturalized in North America. Free-branching growth to 3 ft. high and wide. From late spring into summer, bears rounded clusters of 1/2-in., four-petaledlilac to purple flowers similar to those of stock (Matthiola);blossoms are fragrant at night. Grows readily from seed and often self-sows. When plantsget old and woody, replace them with young seedlings. White- and double-flowered forms exist.

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