Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora

Pure scented white sweet rocket flowers that grow happily in sun or shade – these were a favourite of Marie Antionette. More
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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
Group/Species matronalis var. albiflora
Variety White (syn. Albiflora)
Type Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Common Name Dame's Violet, Sweet Rocket
Border Position Border (Back)
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 60cm (24in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained neutral or alkaline soil in sun or semi-shade. Replace every two to three years as flowering diminishes with age
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.
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 var. albiflora reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Alexandra

Arrived in good condition, have re-flowered and grown well. Very pleased.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Fiona

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jill

Germinated well. Good vegetative growth. It’s a biennial so waiting to comment on the blooms

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jeannette

Always good service never disappointed.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Jeannette

Love this plant ,smells amazing as spring garden gets going.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Wendy

Germinated easily. Looking forward to a good display in the spring.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Christine

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Maggie

My experience with Sarah Raven orders has been excellent. All orders have run smoothly and the packaging is well designed.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Camilla

Only one Hesperis was really healthy. All three grew high but not bushy, then went brown and died. The peonies are fine and are growing.
A separate order of dark dahlia collection included one bright yellow.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear that your Hesperis failed to grow and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Pamela

Lovely healthy plants.

Excellent service and delivery of all plants ordered.

Two years to establish nicely

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Reviewed 18th July 2018 by Zoe L.

I grew these from seed two years ago placing them straight into the ground with a mix of other wild-looking plants. They didn't appear until last year when they covered a whole bank, the strongest growing of all. In the late summer, they were smothered in writhing caterpillars, and I left them to be devoured. They looked a mess and I pulled up the majority. This year five have regrown, looking great and behaving reliably. I have deadheaded to prolong flowering and they are still going now in Mid-July, a nice backdrop for other plants, especially a white ground covering rose. But if you cut them and bring them inside, the smell is not pleasant. I would not call them fragrant!

Meh it's OK

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Reviewed 9th June 2018 by Alison Moy

I ordered 3 9cm plants, grew 'em on a bit and bunged them in the garden. They have all survived and produced flowers. Truth be told I am slightly underwhelmed by these weedy sort of looking plants. But - the live! They flower! :-D They can stay!