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Dame's Rocket

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: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawns
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 May 4 to 2002 May 312003 Apr 30 to 2003 Jul 102004 May 1 to 2004 May 252005 May 10 to 2005 Jul 132006 Apr 28 to 2006 Jun 12007 May 15 to 2007 Jun 252008 May 2 to 2008 Jun 242009 May 1 to 2009 Jul 102010 Apr 13 to 2010 Jun 282011 Apr 28 to 2011 May 312014 May 14 to 2014 Jul 10
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