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Dame's rocket, damask violet (Hesperis matronalis)

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Dame's rocket, damask violet (Hesperis matronalis)
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Botanical name:
antoniana sylvestrisdeilosma sibiricahesperis matronalisviola matronalis


Dame's rocket is a classic fragrant cottage garden plant which releases its violet fragrance only in the evening hours. As a winter hardy biennial or perennial plant, it makes a good cut flower and requires little effort. It is also an important
food source for various types of butterflies. It has now also spread in large parts of the world, where it grows wild on the roadsides and on empty lots as well as on woodland meadows.

The leaves have a spicy and tangy taste, reminiscent of cress or wild cabbage, they should be harvested and eaten before the plant starts to flower. A drying oil, which can be used as a substitute for linseed oil, is produced from the very oily seeds. The contained essential oils are mainly relevant for the production of cosmetics.

Seed, content ca. 250 dame's rocket seeds

Sowing & Cultivation

Sowing directly outdoors from April, or late sowing from July, then the seeds germinate next year. The damask violet will re-seed itself from then on and forms dense patches. It belongs to the cruciferous plants and has similar soil requirements as its relatives: It thrives best in nutrient-rich, moist and loamy soil. However, under less favorable conditions - such in half-shade or even in the shade, in planting containers and in balcony boxes - it can also grow magnificently and reach a height of more than one meter.

Picture source:
By User:SB_Johnny - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
By Berean Hunter - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
By Anneli Salo - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Details: Plant description & care

Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
60–90 cm
Flower colour:
Flowering period :
Partially shadySun
Water requirements:
Lifecycle :
Winter hardy up to:
–30 °C

Sowing & cultivation

Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
1 – 5 cm
Best germination temperature :
15 – 20 °C
Germination time in days:
10 – 20
Planting distance approx.:
30 x 30 cm

Companion planting

Other names

German names:
gewöhnliche nachtviolematronenblume
English names:
dame's rocketrogue's gilliflowersummer lilacsweet rocket


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