Do you have Dame’s Rocket in your garden? and do you mistakenly call it phlox? I thought we had wild phlox but after lots of reaching and searching of garden books and the internet it was discovered that we have Dame’s Rocket.
The most distinguishing feature between the two is that Dame’s Rocket has 4 petal flowers and phlox has 5 petals. So get out there and start counting those petals.
Dame’s Rocket is a completely different flower family. It is Hesperis matronalis, a member of the mustard family, but it resembles phlox in height and colour, which can be white, pink or mauve. The flower stalks can be up to 1 metre tall.
Above shows the green growth at the beginning of May. It has really spread since last year and can be considered an invasive species. The blooms appear towards the end of May and the beginning of June.
Last year the hummingbird clear wing moth loved visiting the Dame’s Rocket blooms.
I’m waiting for the flowers to appear towards the end of the month.