Dame's-violet - Hesperis matronalis

    Alt Name
    Dame's Violet also as Dame's Rocket and as Sweet Rocket

    Medium to tall erect plant, stems unbranched. Leaves lanceolate and short stalked. The flowers are large, white or purple, 15 to 20 mm, in broad panicles and they are fragrant.

    Identification difficulty

    Semi shaded, moist habitats, found in hedgerows and wood borders, on river-banks, roadsides and waste ground, usually near habitation.

    When to see it

    May to July.

    Life History

    A perennial, or sometimes biennial, herb. It is often well-naturalised, but only where there is little competition. Casual plants occur on tips and in waste places.

    UK Status

    Widespread throughout Britain as a casual plant and rarely persisting.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 54 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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