Dame's Rocket is a short-lived perennial/biennial flower that is native to Europe but can be found growing in meadows and naturalized areas in most of the United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-3' and features dark green foliage and fragrant 4 petaled lavender 1/2” flower heads. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, used to flavor perfumes, has medicinal properties, is resistant to deer, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Species: Hesperis matronalis
Cultivar: Dame's Rocket
Also Known As: Garden Rocket, Dame's Violet, Mother-Of-The-Evening, Sweet Rocket
Native to: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Krym, North Caucasus, South European Russi, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Ukraine.
Introduced into: Alabama, Albania, Alberta, Altay, Argentina South, Arkansas, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, British Columbia, California, Central European Rus, Chile South, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, East European Russia, Falkland Is., Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ireland, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kirgizstan, Kuril Is., Lebanon-Syria, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northwest European R, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Poland, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Siberia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia.
Grown as: Biennial
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.
Note: We cannot sell this seed to customers in CT, NH, or WI.
Seeds: The seed can be sprouted and added to salads. The seed contains 50% of an edible oil - there is a potential for cultivation.