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Brassicaceae

Hesperis

HESS-per-iss
Hesperis matronalis

This genus is comprised of 60 of so biennials and perennials in the cabbage family grown for their clusters of 4-petaled flowers that are often fragrant. H. matronalis is a food source for butterfly larvae. Grow in a cottage garden or border. Some species are invasive.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFlowers are often fragrant in the evenings. Short-lived.

CareFull sun or light shade and neutral to alkaline soil. Hesperis tolerates poor soil but prefers enriched soil.

PropagationStart from seed or cuttings. Self-sows.

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