Sweet Rocket

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Sweet Rocket Seeds

Hesperis Matronalis
Dame's Rocket, Damask Violet, Dames-Wort, Dame's Gilliflower, Night-Scented Gilliflower, Queen's Gilliflower, Summer Lilac, Mother of the Evening, Damask Violet, Evenweed, Winter Gilliflower

An easy to grow hardy biennial/short-lived perennial with multiple, tall upright stems on which grow numerous flowers which can range from pale lilac to darker purple. Large leaves grow in a thick mound in the first year, whilst in the second year, tall hairy stems grow with flowers at the top. Sweet Rocket has a lovely sweet fragrance which is particularly noticeable in the evening.


Average height: 1m
Aspect: Best grown in part shade, or dappled light, but will tolerate full sun
Soil type: Likes well drained to quite dry, light soils. Will grow in poor soils
Sowing period: Indoors from March to May - Outdoors from May to June
First signs of blossom: May, the year after sowing
Average flowering period: 3 months 
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds

Sweet Rocket will attract bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden. It makes a beautiful cut flower which will fill your room with a lovely sweet scent.

Pick the flowers to eat as soon as they are open. Regular harvesting of flowers and deadheading will prolong the flowering season.