Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) [HESS-per-iss mah-tron-AL-iss]

Family Brassicaceae
Plant Data
I am a... Deciduous Perennial
Where to Find It Mostly found in the partial sade at woodland edges, Dame's Rocket white to purple flowers are easy to see when in bloom in May & June. There's an especially large stand in the Forest Preserve property at Hibbard and Sunset.
How to Recognize It Dame's Rocket looks much like Phlox, but with four petals (ranging from white to pink) instead of five on plants usually 2-3 feet tall.
Why to Like Dame's Rocket has been grown as a garden ornamental since the Roman Empire. Introduced from Europe, it sometimes invades partially-shaded natural habitats.
Mature Size 12 - 36 inches tall. 12 - 24 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Part Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium - Wet:
Zones 3a - 8b
Tags Wet Site Tolerant
Bloom Period April to May
Flower Color White, Violet
Animals That Use It

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