Hesperis matronalis L.  
Family: Brassicaceae
dame's rocket
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Hesperis: from "evening" for evening fragrance of the flower
Plants: erect, biennial/perennial, 2'-3' tall forb; stems often with upper branches
Leaves: upper leaves not clasping
Flowers: purple to white, 4-parted, 3/4" wide, fragrant; inflorescence a loose cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-Sept.
Fruits: long, thin pod narrowing between the large seeds; stout, widely-spreading stalks
Habitat: full to partial sun; disturbed sites, woods, roadsides
Invasiveness: Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
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Hugh H. Iltis  
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Merel R. Black  
Hesperis matronalis image
Merel R. Black  
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Paul E. Berry  
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