Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hesperis matronalis L.

Fully hardy rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with racemes or panicles of white, lilac or purple flowers in late spring to mid-summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Paxton’s and Johnson’s Dictionary list eight varieties of H. matronalis and Don nine, with single and double flowers, and with white, purple, lilac or green flowers, or variegated white and purple.  [JD].  An ancient garden plant, planted in England by John Gerard before 1596.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.114/1843].


Published Feb 07, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Last updated Jul 15, 2010 - 04:45 PM

Family Brassicaceae
Region of origin

Eastern Europe and Asia

  • Crucifera matronalis Krause
Common Name

Dame?s violet, Dame?s rocket, Sweet rocket

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hesperis matronalis

Confidence level high