Friday, May 4, 2012

Flower for the Day 5-4-12

Hesperis  This tall plant with striking purple flowers has many names including Dames Rocket, damask violet, summer lilac, night scented gilliflower, and mother-of-the-evening. For years I thought this was early blooming phlox. Hesperis has alternately arranged leaves and four petals per flower while phlox  has opposite leaves and five petals per flower.

Hesperis is Greek for evening.


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