Genus: Hesperis


courtesy of Thompson and Morgan Seeds
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 characteristics:  Flowers are often fragrant in the evenings. Short-lived.
Care:  Full sun or light shade and neutral to alkaline soil. Hesperis tolerates poor soil but prefers enriched soil.

Start from seed or cuttings. Self-sows.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Hesperis

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Sweet rocket
Hesperis matronalis