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Purple Flowers, Soft & Fuzzy Leaves

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

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

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The larger leaves at the bottom...

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

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Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Definitely not lavender. I would guess Hesperis matronalis, hopefully someone else can confirm (or correct!)

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

I agree... Hesperis matronalis.

State College, PA

That is what I thought too: also called sweet rocket or dames rocket.

Philadelphia, PA(Zone 7a)

It is Hesperis matronalis

Beatrice, NE(Zone 5b)

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.

Hogansburg, NY

Its Purple phlox ..they come in pink and white too

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Phlox has 5 petals, not 4.

Strum, WI

It is definately not lavender, and resembles wild purple phlox.

Toronto, ON(Zone 5b)

It's not phlox--phlox has 5 petals. I agree with those who said it was Hesperis matrionalis. It's invasive in some areas.

Coon Rapids, MN(Zone 4a)

Wild Purple Phlox is rather uncommon to rare anyway.

I agree and think Ecrane3 was correct to begin with.


Strum, WI

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.

Marinette, WI(Zone 4b)

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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