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botanical name:
Hesperis matronalis
Hesperis matronalis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Dame's Rocket, Sweet Rocket, Wild Phlox
family:  Brassicaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 0.90m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 10
description:
Short-lived perennial or biennial. Branching stems of fragrant, 4-petalled flowers in late spring and summer, the fragrance being strongest in the evening. The flower colour ranges from lavender-mauve to purple and occasionally white. Lanceolate leaves, largest at the base becoming smaller up the stems.

cultivation:
Moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. Tolerates poor soil. Replace every 2 or 3 years.

propagation:
From seed or basal cuttings. May self seed freely in suitable conditions.

usage:
Good for meadow and wild gardens, also for cottage-style plantings.

other notes:
Native wildflower of Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Naturalised elsewhere.

Sometime known as Wild Phlox because of the similarity of its flowering habit, but not related.

pronounced: HES-per-iss mah-tro-NAH-lis

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