Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is a tall, short-lived perennial, which produces white, pink or purple flowers in the spring. It is a is a member of the Brassicaceae family of plants, which includes arugula, broccoli, and mustard.Known for its colorful and fragrant blooms, the plant has been a traditional garden favorite. These flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, while resisting deer.
Also Known As: Garden Rocket, Dame's Violet, Mother-Of-The-Evening, Sweet Rocket
Native Range: Europe to central Asia
Grown as: Herbaceous perennial
Maturity (Blooms): May-August
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Medium. Well drained.
Soil Moisture: Medium. Rich, consistently moist, well-drained soil.
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds as well as being Deer resistant.
Sow Depth: Press into soil surface.
USDA Zone: 3-9
Produces: numerous individual flowers which have 4 rounded petals that are ¾ to 1 inch across with 6 pale yellow stamens. The color ranges from white to pink to lavender to deep purple.
Garden Uses: Excellent plant for meadows, naturalized areas or cottage gardens. May also be grown in borders, but foliage tends to disappear after flowering, thus necessitating the use of annuals or late-developing perennials to fill in the gaps.
Seeds: The seed can be sprouted and added to salads. The seed contains 50% of an edible oil - there is a potential for cultivation.