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Hesperis matronalis (Sweet rocket, Dame's violet, Wild phlox)

Hesperis matronalis Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Thompson & Morgan Seedsmen, Inc.

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hesperis matronalis HESS-per-iss mah-tron-AL-iss Common Name: Sweet rocket, Dame's violet, Wild phlox Genus: Hesperis
This plant is a biennial or short-lived perennial with leafy stems and 4- to 8-inch-long toothed, hairy leaves. Lilac or purple, sometimes white, flowers are borne from late spring to midsummer in racemes or panicles.
Noteworthy characteristics: Considered invasive in grassland sites and forests. Attractive to insects. Flowering diminishes with age.
Care: Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile, neutral to alkaline soil.
Propagation: From seed sown in situ. Root basal cuttings in spring.
Problems: Viruses, mildew, slugs, snails, flea beetles, caterpillars.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Bloom Time Spring; Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Meadow Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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