Dame's Rocket

Hesperis matronalis

[hesperis_matronalis]

Dame's Rocket was among the first European wild flowers brought to the colonies, and was especially valued for its sweet fragrance, which is strongest in the evening. Also known as Sweet Rocket, it was recorded as being grown by Lady Skipwith and the Bartrams in the late eighteenth century. The plant is perennial and grows best in part shade where the soil is rich and moist. Stalks are up to four feet high with deep lavender flowers

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Purple Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8 Location at Monticello: East and West Lawns Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010508,-78.452376

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Blooming Dates 2002: May 4 – May 312003: Apr 30 – Jul 102004: May 1 – May 252005: May 10 – Jul 132006: Apr 28 – Jun 12007: May 15 – Jun 252008: May 2 – Jun 242009: May 1 – Jul 102010: Apr 13 – Jun 282011: Apr 28 – May 312014: May 14 – Jul 10