DAME’S ROCKET, SWEET ROCKET

FAMILY: Brassicaceae | GENUS: HESPERIS matronalis

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Biennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

An old-fashioned favorite for Southern cottage gardens. Freely branched plant grows to 3 ft. tall and as broad, with 4-in., toothed leaves and rounded clusters of 12-in., four-petaled lavender to purple blooms. Flowers resemble those of stock (Matthiola) and are fragrant at night. Plant grows readily from seed and often self-sows. Old, woody plants should be replaced by young seedlings. White- and double-flowered forms exist but are rare. Seldom damaged by browsing deer.

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