Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
In this mix
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Biennial or Short-lived Perennial
- Border (Back)
- Broad Tolerance
- June - August, 1 year from sowing
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Sweet Rocket
- Moist but Well-drained
- Part Shade
- 60cm (24in)
- 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
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.
Leave to self-seed and they will gradually naturalise. Otherwise, remove seedheads after blooming to encourage a second bloom and reduced seed production.