Also known as
Damask Violet, Dame's Rocket, Sweet rocket
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Dame's Violet Overview
The genus name, Hesperis, is Greek for evening, and it is believed that the name was probably chosen because the scent of the flowers becomes more conspicuous later in the evening. Its prolific growth has caused it to be considered a weed in many locations where it has naturalised, but it is still a common sight in gardens across the globe.
Common problems with Dame's Violet
Prone to caterpillars, flea beetles, slugs and snails. May be affected by powdery mildews.
How to harvest Dame's Violet
Allow seedheads to dry on plants then remove and collect seeds.
How to propagate Dame's Violet
Seeds can be scattered in moist, fertile soil in late spring, then re-sown every 2-3 years.
Special features of Dame's Violet
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Other uses of Dame's Violet
Cutting bed, naturaliser, wildflower/meadow.