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Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 50-90 cm
Plant Spread: 30-40 cm
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Alternate, lance shaped, hairy above, sharply toothed w/ short stalks or stalkless.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: sow outdoors the year round
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 28, 2011 7:05 PM

Some gardeners consider this plant as invasive. Some gardeners grow it as an ornamental.
There are 4 petals to each flower up to an inch long.
Evenings prompt a fragrant response from plant.
Young leaves are edible, can be tossed into salads.

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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jun 15, 2013 1:09 PM

This is an easy plant to grow by direct seeding in fall or early spring.

The only problem I have found is that the leaves look very much like a weed and can easily be eradicated by overzealous weeding.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 9, 2012 4:55 PM

Dame's rocket is a relatively common, old-fashioned perennial. This plant is native to Europe and has escaped from U.S. gardens or is planted in wild flower areas. Some would consider this plant to be an invasive exotic plant, but it does produce a spectacular show in the spring garden.

The plants are usually biennials, but most people don't notice that the seeds have germinated in the fall; they only notice the flowers in the spring. There are white and double varieties.

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