Plant A Day – Dames Rocket

Dames Rocket Hesperis matronalis

Dames Rocket
Hesperis matronalis

Dame’s Rocket is one of those beautiful plants that is alien and somewhat invasive.  By invasive, I mean that it is found in great, colorful clumps in ditches along roadsides, an area that is pretty much only populated by alien invasives.  So, it apparently out-competes other invasives.

Colors vary from white to pink to lavender to purple

Colors vary from white to pink to lavender to purple

 

It is a pretty flower

It is a pretty flower

It has the typical pods of plants in the Mustard family - Brassicaceae

It has the typical pods of plants in the Mustard family – Brassicaceae

Linear, small toothed leaves and hairy stems

Linear, small toothed leaves and hairy stems

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