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Dame's rocket seed concerns

Posted by perennialfan273 zone 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 9, 09 at 0:22


This past Christmas season, I received two different packets of seeds in a round robin exchange labelled as "hesperis matronalis". Now, normally, I'd be thrilled to get extras, but there's a problem: the seeds don't look the same. I have to know what real dame's rocket seeds look like.

Also, my other concern is what color the flowers will be. In pictures of dame's rocket I have seen, sometimes the flowers are pink and sometime's they're white. How do I know which color mine will be? Is there more than one type of dame's rocket?? I'm just so confused now.

Hopefully somebody can shed some light on this seed mystery. Please e-mail me at or just post here if you have any information.

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RE: Dame's rocket seed concerns

there's no way to tell what color they will be. they are usually either purple or white. see link below for pic of seeds of hesperis matronalis.

Here is a link that might be useful: dame's rocket

RE: Dame's rocket seed concerns

If you happened to get a packet with my name on it, they were collected from both white and lavender. My plan was to harvest only white, but I strayed into the lavender section without realizing it until it was too late. I believe I did label mine as having both colors.

RE: Dame's rocket seed concerns

  • Posted by susanc Z9/Sunset 17 CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 10, 09 at 14:12

Here's an excellent pic of the seeds to help you decide which is the right one. For what it's worth, I once grew the white and purple in a bed together and thought they looked very showy that way.

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