Dame's Rocket

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 Hesperis matronalis subsp. var.  Dame's Rocket
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Habit: herbaceous
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Eurasia
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Hesperis matronalis, Linn. Rocket. Sweet Rocket. Dame's VioLet. Damask Violet. Fig. 1826. Lvs. ovate- lanceolate, 2-3 in. long, toothed: pods 2-4 in. long, straight, much contracted between the seeds. Eu., N. Asia. Escaped from gardens. Gn. 53, p. 293; 49, p. 339 (a lovely garden view).—Forms clumps 2-3 ft. high, branched from the base, and covered with showy terminal pyramidal spikes of 4- petaled fls. resembling stocks. The colors range from white through lilac and pink to purple. The double forms are most popular. The plant blooms from June to Aug., and has long been cult, in cottage gardens. The ordinary single forms are not worth growing in the border, but may be used in wild gardens. The double rockets are amongst the best hardy plants, very productive of bloom and useful for cutting. The double-fld. white, var. alba-plena, Hort., very fragrant, is much prized. G. 25:283; 28:701. Gn. W. 22. suppl. Apr. 29. Var. purpurea, Hort., is a purple-fld. garden form. Var. pumila, Hort., is a dwarf form. Var. nana candidssima, Hort., is a pure white garden form Wilhelm Miller.

L. H. B.

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Dame's Rocket, also known as Damask Violet, Dame's Violet, Dames-wort, Dame's Gilliflower, Night Scented Gilliflower, Queen's Gilliflower, Rogue's Gilliflower, Summer Lilac, Sweet Rocket, Mother-of-the-evening and, Winter Gilliflower.


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A stand of Dame's Rocket in a forested setting


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