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Hesperis matronalis

Common Name: Dame's Rocket
Hesperis matronalis
Hesperis matronalis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Hesperis
Species: Hesperis matronalis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The flowers of dame’s rocket are 1" with 4 pink or white petals and clustered on the top of the plant.

The leaves are alternate and toothed. The plant grows to 3’ in height.

Habitat & Range

Dame’s rocket grows along trail sides and forest edges. It is native to Europe, and it is invasive in the United States and Canada.

Life Cycle

The flowers of this species bloom from May to July. The fruit are long and slender seed pods.

This species is an herbaceous perennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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