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Hesperis matronalis

Hesperis matronalis
dame's rocket
Hesperis matronalis
Fuzzy buds

Common name dame's rocket
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle biennial
Flowers purple (spring)
Size 4'
Light sun-part shade
From seed self-seeds in our garden

I contemplated putting this on my weeds page, but since we expressly allow it in our garden, I guess I'll keep it in with the ornamentals. Certainly, dame's rocket is a roadside wildflower around here, and spreads itself around prolifically by seed. Its coarse rosettes of felted leaves are easy to recognize, even in early spring, so that it's easy enough to get rid of them before they take over. Of the various areas we've tolerated them in the past, only the back yard island hillside remains - where it gets to fend for itself among other wild thugs such as motherwort, Virginia rose, and hollyhocks.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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