Hesperis matronalis L.
Common Name: DAME'S ROCKET
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

A native of Europe, escaped from cultivation. Roadsides, overgrown dumps and weedy thickets, river borders, sometimes well established in moist forests (deciduous or coniferous). First collected in Michigan in 1886 in Kent Co.

Hesperis begins blooming several weeks later, mid-May, than the somewhat similar Lunaria annua, which starts to bloom as early as late April.

Locations

Alpena County
Baraga County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
Cheboygan County
Delta County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kent County
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Mackinac County
    Only on Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=655.