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Dames Rocket Flower Seeds

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  • Packet of flower seeds
  • Perennial plant
  • Hesperis matronalis
  • Invasive
  • Grows 3-4' tall
  • Likes moist well drained soil
  • Made in the USA
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    Hesperis, also known as dame's rocket, sweet rocket, and dame's violet, belong to a family of plants which are native from Europe to China and Siberia. Hesperis are members of the mustard family. The plants were introduced into North America during colonial times and were a popular cottage garden flower because of their beauty and their heavy, sweet fragrance which was most notable at sunset.

    In his 1851 book, The Flower Garden, Joseph Breck said of the plant, "The single varieties of this fragrant flower are common in most gardens. It is a biennial or imperfect perennial, easily raised from seeds, producing flowers the second year in May and June, of various shades, from pure white to purple...The double varieties of this flower are superb, and highly esteemed for their fragrance and beauty...It was known in Gerarde's (John Gerard, 1545-1612, author of the definitive horticultural text of the period, The Grete Herball, 1597,) time, and cultivated by Gerard in 1597..."

    Hesperis can be grown easily from Dames Rocket Flower Seeds. The plants should be sown when the danger of frost has passed and covered with 1/2 inch of soil. Germination will occur in less than 14 days. The seedlings should be thinned to 8-12 inches. Most plants will not flower the first year. Flowering will start in the second year during the month of May and continue into June. The plants like a moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Flowers come in purple, white and pink.

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