Sweet Rocket description
Excellent lilac or white scented flowers in early summer.
The attractive flowers rise up on lovely spires and give off their best fragrance during the evening.
The shiny, dark green leaves are initially handsome until various caterpillars find them irresistible!
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
This is well worth putting in a border with other medium sized plants, or in a herb garden or by a patio and is uncomplicated provided it is given fairly well drained soil. It can die after flowering, but it often reseeds itself to carry on.
Also known as: Dame’s Rocket, Garden Rocket, Dame’s Violet, Dame’s Gilliflower, Night-scented Gilliflower, Damask Violet, etc.
Botanical name: Hesperis matronalis
Sweet Rocket culinary uses:
Young leaves and flowers can be used in salads, but use sparingly.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a small gap in the middle or back of a flower bed.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well-drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy. Tends to be biennial, or lives for just a few years, but it does reseed itself and continue that way.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Pick off caterpillars in early summer onwards.
It may need staking to keep it upright.
Size of plant:
Height 90 cm.
Spread 40 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 5 plant per square metre.
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