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How to Grow Dame's Rocket
Perennial- Biennial, Hesperis Matronalis
Dame's Rocket plants are popular in the flower garden, and as a wildflower. However, some consider it to be an invasive weed. The USDA refers to it as "weedy and invasive". It is native to Eurasia and Japan, and a member of the mustard family. Dame's Rocket was introduced into the US in the 1600's. This prolific seed producer, spreads rapidly
Dame's Rocket produces fragrant flowers, in white, pink and purple. The four-petaled flowers of this biennial, bloom profusely in large, loose clusters, from May to August of their second year.
Their native habitat is woodlands and along the edges of woodlands, which offers them the light shade that they prefer. You can also find them along roadsides and even in open spaces.
Dame's Rocket plants are also called Dame's Violet, Sweet Rocket, Damask Violet.
Did you know? The flower and plant are edible.
Dame's Rocket is grown from seed. Directly sow seeds in the spring, or in the fall. Keep the soil moist.
Plants will grow 1 - 4 feet tall. Make sure to space them to provide ample room, depending upon variety.
How to Grow Dame's Rocket Plants:
Dame's Rocket plants are very easy to grow. Grow them in full to partial sun.
They will grow in almost any soil, as long as it its kept moist. The plants do not like hot, humid weather, and will grow best in more northerly climates.
Keep soil most at all times. Fertilize every four to six weeks, for best performance.
Insect and Disease:
Dame's Rocket have few insect or disease problems. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
It's an Edible Plant:
The young leaves, tender portions of stems, and pods are edible. They are used as pot herbs.
The flowers are used in fruit dishes and salads.
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