General: Perennial or biennial herb with bright purple flowers which has been introduced as a garden ornamental, now spreading invasively. Hairy weed from the mustard family.
Height: 0.5 - 1.3 meters
Flowers: Fragrant inflorescence with 4 purple to white petals.
Leaves/Stems: Tall, simple or sparingly branched stem. Basal leaves soon falling off. Stem leaves lanceolate to narrowly egg-shaped, hairy, & saw-toothed.
Mother of the Evening
Julienne des Dames
Julienne des Jardins
Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) Phlox has 5 petals. Blooms in late summer or early fall which is later than Dames Rocket.
Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) Phlox has 5 petals. Blooms in late summer or early fall which is later than Dames Rocket.
Where did it come from? Introduced from Europe.
Where does it grow here? Grows along moist to dry roadsides, ditchlines & in disturbed areas. Homes & gardens when intentionally planted.
Reproduction: By seed.
When does it grow, flower & seed? Blooms in spring (late May to early June). Fruit/Seeds present from Summer to Fall.
Spreads By: Seed dispersal by wildlife & mowing.
Plant Type: Perennial or biennial.