Hesperis matronalis Violet
325 seeds $2.00
photo by Richard Laflamme
Hesperis matronalis is a popular cottage garden plant that blooms in early summer with long-stemmed flowers in a lovely shade of light violet. The fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Hesperis matronalis 'Violet' self-sows readily, but I don't consider it invasive. The narrow plants fit easily between other plants in the garden, making it a great filler. Deadhead the flowers, if desired, to avoid self-sown seedlings.
Also known as Violet Sweet Rocket and Dame's Rocket. Hardy perennial in zones 3-9.
height 4' spacing 12"
Sowing Hesperis matronalis Seeds
Sow hesperis seeds outdoors after the last frost date. Or start indoors 6-8 weeks early. Barely cover the seeds with soil. Full sun to part shade.