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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
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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawns
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
May 4, 2002 to May 31, 2002April 30, 2003 to July 10, 2003May 1, 2004 to May 25, 2004May 10, 2005 to July 13, 2005April 28, 2006 to June 1, 2006May 15, 2007 to June 25, 2007May 2, 2008 to June 24, 2008May 1, 2009 to July 10, 2009April 13, 2010 to June 28, 2010April 28, 2011 to May 31, 2011May 14, 2014 to July 10, 2014July 18, 2018 to September 19, 2018

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