Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora

Family: Brassicaceae

Countries: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Europe, France, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora is a short lived perennial or biennial plant that is often known as Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet.  These lovely plants are very easy to grow, they’re nice things to have around.  Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora plants are hardy throughout the UK and they’re also pretty drought tolerant, too.  Plants will grow in any soil, apart from waterlogged soils, so avoid sowing these seed on wet ground.  Plants thrive in sunshine or shade; Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora is very easy going.

If you want to grow Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora, one year old plants or seedlings can be purchased from nurseries and garden centres, but it is very easy to grow these plants yourself from seed.  Don’t be daunted, you don’t need a glasshouse, a heater, or any fancy equipment to grow these seeds.  Sow Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora seed from May to July.  Seeds can be sown directly where you want your plants to flower, or if your ground isn’t ready – sow your seeds in a seed tray filled with peat-free compost, if you prefer.  Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora plants also make lovely container plants; they’re thrive in planters of peat-free compost.

In their second year of growth, Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora plants produce these very pretty white flowers, held on stems that grow up to around 60-80cm (2-2.6ft) tall.  The flowers are beautiful, with a truly delicious scent.  This is a superb plant to grow to attract insects to your garden; as Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora flowers support a wide range of pollinating insects, including bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.

Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora plants’ main flowering time is from May to the end of July; however, my plants often bloom from April to December.  Regular deadheading will extend your plants flowering season and encourage your plants to produce their maximum number of blooms.  Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora  flowers make fabulous cut flowers.  This is a superb plant to grow to enhance your garden, but you can also enhance your home with Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora’s sweetly scented cut flowers.

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