Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Zone 3 Flowers: Dame's Rocket Mix

Description: An upright, hardy perennial native to Europe, but has escaped cultivation and adapted throughout most of the United States. Delightful lilac-purple flowers are concentrated at the end of sturdy stalks. The genus name, Hesperis, is Greek, meaning "evening", referring to the plant's unique characteristic of filling the night with its ever so sweet fragrance. It can be seen from great distances when planted in mass.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: May - August

Height: 2 - 4'

Spacing: 2 feet

Sun Needs: Full sun - part shade

Water Needs: Medium (does prefer moist soil)

Outstanding Features: Very fragrant, very showy, spreads well

Uses: Mass planting, cut flowers, butterfly gardens.

Tips: Split in spring or fall. 

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