Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)


Joined September 2009

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Dame’s rocket is a showy, short-lived perennial with large, loose clusters of fragrant white, pink or purple flowers that bloom from May to August on flowering stalks 2-3 feet in height. This member of the mustard family has flowers with four petals. Many seeds are produced in long, narrow fruits. The leaves are oblong, sharply toothed, and alternately arranged. Leaves decrease in size as they ascend the stem. The overwintering rosette is easily identified from fall through spring. This species is often confused with garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)l. Unlike dame’s rocket, the phlox species have opposite leaves that are not toothed, and flowers with five petals, not four.

The plants are prolific bloomers and produce large quantities of seed from May into July. Each plant may have several clusters of flowers at various stages of development, enabling the plant to produce both flowers and seeds at the same time.

Dame’s rocket is native to Eurasia but was introduced to North America in the 1600’s. This plant usually grows in moist and mesic woodlands, on woodland edges, along roadsides, and also in open areas.

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Taken: June 9 2012

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