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Pure scented white sweet rocket flowers that were a favourite of Marie Antionette.

Hesperis matronalis or Dame's Violet grow amazingly happily in sun or shade. I saw an incredible sight of both the purple and white form lining both banks of a river near Thirsk in Yorkshire, where Dame's violet still grows wild. Like foxgloves, it's in drifts that it works best.

Genus Hesperis matronalis
Variety White
Type Hardy Biennial
Common Name Dame's Violet, Sweet Rocket
Border Position Back
Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (35in)
Spacing 60cm (24in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover May - July. Plant out late summer - early autumn. Can be sown direct.
Care Tips Leave to self-seed and they will gradually naturalise. Otherwise, remove seedheads after blooming to encourage a second bloom and reduced seed production.
Flowering June - August, 1 year from sowing
Vase Life Lasts 5-7 days - fragrance most pronounced in the evening.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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