Hesperis matronalis

Hesperis 'Purple' is one of my favourite biennials which forms puffy clouds of mauve scented flowers through May and June. More
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Hesperis matronalis is one of my favourite biennials which forms puffy clouds of mauve scented flowers through May and June.

It's ideal for filling gaps in sun or shade, flowering just when the tulips go over, but most of your perennials and roses are yet to get going. I pick lots of it too.

Genus Hesperis
Group/Species matronalis
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, Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90-120cm (3-4ft)
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 May - June, 1 year from sowing seed
Vase Life Lasts 5-7 days - fragrance most pronounced in the evening.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Hesperis matronalis reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Caroline

Love these; with some self-seeded ones from last year, they are colonising the front garden very well!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mr Hall

Excellent comma & best packaging in business strong healthy plants always supplied

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Susan

These flowered very well in part shade and re flowered after being cut back.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jeannette

Always love these so pretty.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jeannette

Lovely no more to say they are just so nice.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Andrea

very small and quickly over, maybe it will send up more shoots - I'm 1000 feet above sea level in view of tyhe sea so it's never hot

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Susan

Lovely plants, looked perfect in border

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Liz