Friday, April 21, 2017

Flower for the Day Hesperis 4-21-17

With the spring rains the wildflowers emerge. Hesperus matronalis is an herbaceous plant in the mustard family, Brassicaceae. It 
lined our trail on our easter walk and is coming up now in the wildflower garden. It has many common names including dame's rocket, damask violet, dame's-violet, dames-wort, dame's gilliflower, night-scented gilliflower, queen's gilliflower, rogue's gilliflower, summer lilac, sweet rocket, mother-of-the-evening and winter gilliflower.

It is often mistaken for phlox which blooms later in the year.


Rosebud lips and soft copper eyes

Waited on by fireflies

Crowned with fern and laurel bits.

She's Eo's sister...Hesperis.

Nicasio Orlando 

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