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PlantFiles Pictures: Dame's Rocket, Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)

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MOLLYBEE
Villa Rica, GA
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2003
3:38 AM

Post #531144

Dame's Rocket, Sweet Rocket
Hesperis matronalis


Don't know why this Dame's Rocket has flat stems this year?! Looks more like a cactus than a Dames Rocket.

http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/81/

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ideboda
T-village ;) - Fries
Netherlands
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2003
7:31 PM

Post #531520

These stems have formed "fasciations", a deformity causing many stems to fuse into one, like a ribbon.
You find this occasionally in all kinds of plants, like e.g. dandelions. Last year I saw it in Digitalis, foxglove, somewhere.
MOLLYBEE
Villa Rica, GA
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2003
8:40 PM

Post #531559

Actually I was kinda disappointed with it this year. This was started from seed year before last and just bloomed for the first time this year. I have had them before and they always looked so pretty because they would bush out kinda. But not this one!! Out of 5 plants, this is the only one that done this. I wonder if the seeds will be true seeds or if they will also form the same way?

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