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A fragrant spring bloomer, this perennial naturalizes readily. Its white flowers are refreshing among all the pink and blue spring blooms. This flower cuts nicely for pleasant smelling bouquets.

Latin Name

Hesperis matronalis



Also Known As

Garden Rocket Damask Violet Sweet Rocket Mother-of-the-evening

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Naturalize
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Deer

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Europe, central Asia


    The English plant collector Peter Collinson sent seeds of Dame's Rocket to John Custis of Williamsburg in 1735.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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