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J_and_C

May 19, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #6567706

It smells like flowers in a funeral home. Could it be lavender?

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J_and_C

May 19, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6567713

It started growing wild around a tree that bag worms killed. I'm in Zone 5.

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J_and_C

May 19, 2009
1:38 AM

Post #6567723

The larger leaves at the bottom...

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J_and_C

May 19, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6567729

smaller leaves on stem leading up to the flower...

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6567730

Definitely not lavender. I would guess Hesperis matronalis, hopefully someone else can confirm (or correct!) http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/81/
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 19, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6567744

I agree... Hesperis matronalis.
carrie418
State College, PA

May 19, 2009
3:47 AM

Post #6568466

That is what I thought too: also called sweet rocket or dames rocket.
phalaeo
Philadelphia, PA
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #6573656

It is Hesperis matronalis
KSBaptisia
Beatrice, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2009
9:24 PM

Post #6575895

Don't know what state you live in, but for what it is worth, dame's rocket is listed as a noxious weed in at least three states and is under consideration for listing in several others.
3Sweetgrass3
Hogansburg, NY

May 22, 2009
6:42 AM

Post #6581986

Its Purple phlox ..they come in pink and white too
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 22, 2009
12:07 PM

Post #6582234

Phlox has 5 petals, not 4.
KathyW44
Strum, WI

June 18, 2009
8:51 PM

Post #6707207

It is definately not lavender, and resembles wild purple phlox.
RosemaryA
Toronto, ON
(Zone 5b)

June 18, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6707457

It's not phlox--phlox has 5 petals. I agree with those who said it was Hesperis matrionalis. It's invasive in some areas.
Malus2006
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #6708577

Wild Purple Phlox is rather uncommon to rare anyway.

RachelLF

RachelLF

June 19, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6708639

I agree and think Ecrane3 was correct to begin with.

Rachel
KathyW44
Strum, WI

June 19, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #6709099

Checked into it when I got home and it matches the one I have and it is definately hesperis matronalis or common name dames rocket. Mine is purple with fuzzy leaves and about 4 feet tall.
kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

June 19, 2009
3:46 PM

Post #6710549

Dames rocket.
I have the same thing and it started coming up near trees in the corner of an acre of land last year, and we have even more this year. And it even grows in shade. We tired it just to see.
Mine is about 3 1/2 feet tall.

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