HESPERIS matronalis

Dame's Violet, Sweet Rocket



Height: 2-3' (60-90cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Mauve, white

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Capparales (Capparis Order)
Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family)
Genus: Hesperis (Rocket)
Species: matronalis (dame's)
Hesperis matronalis

Hesperis matronalis is a member of the same family as Honesty (Lunaria annua), and it is a very similar plant, bearing domed clusters of mauve or white four-petalled flowers in summer. Hesperis matronalis is a larger but more elegant plant, with leafy branching stems reaching 2' or more, with smooth, not hairy, leaves. It is a useful plant for a cottage or wild garden, and as well as its flowers, is grown for its perfume, which is particularly strong in the evening.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(6 days)

Seed Pod The seed pod is a long, thin cylinder. Each individual flower produces its own seedpod.

Seed The seeds are brown rounded sticks. There are several seeds in a seed pod.

Seedling The seedleaves are fat and rounded. The first true leaves are narrower.

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