Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Thompson & Morgan Seedsmen, Inc.
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Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
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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.

Overview

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
Type
Perennials

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