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Hesperis matronalis'Purple'( Sweet Rocket 'Purple') Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Sweet Rocket 'Purple' (Hesperis matronalis'Purple')Herb in 9cm Pot

Sweet Rocket has a myriad of other common names which include 'Dame’s Rocket', 'Damask Violet', 'Dame’s Gilliflower', 'Night Scented Gilliflower' and 'Summer Lilac.'

A stunning biennial that can grow to 90 cm, it has lush green lance-shaped leaves and will send up masses of mauve scented flowers in May and June, which are very attractive to bees and are a good food plant for the Orange Tip Butterfly. The scent from the flower clusters gets stronger as night falls and is sweet, similar to that of a violet. 

Preferring full sun or partial shade, Sweet Rocket is a wonderful addition to the cottage garden or herbaceous border, they will self-seed and will gradually naturalise over an area it looks good when allowed to drift through an informal border or in a wildlife friendly scheme. 

Herb Usage 

Although once this plant would have been found in the apothecary garden and was mentioned by Culpeper as a 'good wound-herb'. In Medieval times the the seeds were steeped in vinegar and were considered good antidotes for insect stings and snake bites, or apparently to get rid of freckles!  The plant is grown today purely for its wonderful scented flowers.

Buy Sweet Rocket 'Purple'Online

Our potted Sweet Rocket 'Purple' Herb Plants are generally available to buy online between March and September




Hesperis matronalis'Purple'( Sweet Rocket 'Purple') Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Moist well-drained soil
Flower Colour Purple
Height 120cm
Spread 50cm
Latin Name Hesperis matronalis 'Purple'
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Evening Fragrance
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Cut Flower
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 4

    Posted by Georgia Banks on 28th Jun 2021

    good quality plants, a little dry on arrival but fine now planted

  • 5
    Recent Purchase

    Posted by Lorraine Stocking on 1st Apr 2021

    Apprehensively purchased two Hesperis plants online. Previously been disappointed by plants purchased from online suppliers. Was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the plants when they arrived. They were dispatched quickly & packaged well to protect them in transit. Won't hesitate to purchase from this company again. Thanks

  • 5
    Lovely healthy plants

    Posted by J Norman on 7th Apr 2020

    I ordered these and some white plants too. Would recommend Hooksgreen Herbs. Plants arrived safely, protectively packed and are now thriving in the garden, hoping to keep rabbits and deer away from them.

  • 5
    Just what I wanted

    Posted by on 23rd May 2018

    I needed plants light and frothy to complete my herbaceous border that is done in blue mauve pink and white. The bonus is that they will self seed and link in with The more beefy plants giving me the most perfect harmony and transition.

  • 5
    Really pleased

    Posted by Susan on 2nd Nov 2017

    A lovely strong healthy plant. Should be glorious in the spring. Cleverly packaged and swiftly delivered. Will be back!

  • 5
    Very Impressed

    Posted by Angela on 23rd Oct 2017

    I am Very Impressed with the plants I have received, the plants are very healthy and have been very carefully packaged, they are very well established plants much better than I expected or have every received from any other company. deserve the 5 star rating. Thank you to all involved along the line.