Saturday, August 15, 2009

Today's Flowers: Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket is another invasive perennial that can be found in many places through out North America. A member of the mustard family Dame's Rocket is often confused as a type of phlox but upon closer examination you can see that Dame's Rocket has four pedals where phlox flowers are comprised of five.
Originally from Europe Dame' Rocket is a member of the genus Hesperis which means evening in Greek. This is appropriate since the Dame's Rocket blooms seem to get more fragrant in the evening. I photographed these Dame's Rockets at Dodge Nature Center back in June.

18 comments:

madcobug said...

Beautiful flower. It does resemble the Phlox in color and flower. Helen

forestal said...

good information. Lovely photos
thsnks

dan

Marju said...

Just a wonderful purple color!

mimi said...

wow how i love purple flowers. great entry.

Tulip said...

wonderful shot of this purple flowers.

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Leora said...

What a pretty invasive - too bad it's one of those things that doesn't belong.

Minie said...

pretty flowers.

Maria said...

It's a really pretty flower, I love the coours very much!

Denise said...

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Dame's Rocket. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.

Sandy Kessler said...

is it in the stock family I wonder??Sandy

Grace Olsson said...

In Sweden, where I live we have the same flowers..in my garden too.
nice macro shot. dear
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Titania said...

It is such a subtle flower similar to the salad rocket flower which has the same flowers in white with very fine purple lines. The leaves are delicious peppery in salads and I always let them flower and seed. I guess this is just a very pretty ornamental!
Your photos of birds animals and insects are spectacular.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Lovely photos! I enjoyed the information about Dame's Rocket. Thanks for sharing both with us.

Judy said...

Thanks for explaining the difference! Now if I can only remember that while I am out taking photos...

Arija said...

So many plants have a stronger scent in the cool moint evenings. Your posts are ever a joy to visit, they are always so well researched and well spotted and beautifully photograped, as are the Butterflies above and the Fox family below..a sheer delight.

guild-rez said...

Great pictures and excellent information!!
Love to visit your blog.

Mia N said...

..like you say, four pedals is not very usually..nice flowers in any way.

Kathiesbirds said...

The color and detail are wonderful. It's hard to be mad at such a pretty plant!