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Buy Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora | Dame's Violet | Sarah Raven

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora

Pure scented white sweet rocket flowers that grow happily in sun or shade - these were a favourite of Marie Antionette.
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500 seeds (60039)

1 x 9cm pot

3 x 9cm pots

5 super plugs (200547-5)

10 super plugs (200547-10)

5 jumbo seedlings (200852-SP05)

15 jumbo seedlings (200852-SP15)

30 jumbo seedlings (200852-SP30)

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Details:

Type
Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
Position
Border (Back)
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
June - August, 1 year from sowing
Height
1.2m (4ft)
Group/Species
matronalis
Common name
Sweet Rocket
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Aspect
Part Shade
Spread
60cm (24in)
Cultivation
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

Description

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.

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.