Hesperis Matronalis is commonly known as ‘Dame’s Rocket’. Sweet rocket is a pretty biennial with white or purple flower similar to honesty. The flower’s fragrance is sweet as a violet’s, and most pronounced in the evening. Looks good when allowed to drift, naturally through an informal sunny or partially shaded border. An essential oil from its seed is used in perfumery. The plant is cultivated for this purpose. Flowers are very fragrant particularly in the evening. Plant’s three-month-long blooming period and ability to set abundant seed have contributed to its spread.
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Scientific Name: Hesperis Matronalis
Common Name: Dame’s Rocket, Sweet Rocket
Plant Type: Biennial
Native Range: Southern Europe to Siberia,
Height: 31 "
Spread: 24 "
Exposure: Dappled Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Late Spring
Attracts: Attractive to wildlife, Insects, Bees Butterflies, Birds
Flower Shape: Well-Rounded or wedge-shaped, but never cordate
Flower Color: Purple, White, Pink
Resistant: Tolerate Drought
Moisture: Dry and moist
Water Requirement: Keep moist but do not allow to get too soggy
Soil Type: light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy(clay) soil
Soil pH: Avoid acidic soil, Neutral and Basic Alkaline soil
Habitat: Meadows, Hedges, Grass verges.