Sweet rocket

Hesperis matronalis

Sweet rocket - Hesperis matronalis

Common Name: Sweet rocket
Genus: Hesperis
Species: matronalis

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Lilac
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Deliciously scented pale lilac flowers appear in early summer above rosettes of dark green leaves. Sweet rocket is most at home in the middle of an informal herbaceous border or allowed to naturalise in a wildlife garden. The fragrant flowers attractive to bees and other beneficial insects perfume the air in late spring and early summer evenings. Although relatively short-lived it self-seeds freely.

  • Garden care: Replace plants every two to three years as flowering diminishes with age. Plants will self-seed freely.