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Hesperis matronalis (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Hesperis matronalis (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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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-petaled lilac to purple flowers similar to those of stock (Matthiola); blossoms are fragrant at night. Grows readily from seed and often self-sows. When plants get old and woody, replace them with young seedlings. White- and double-flowered forms exist.

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