Jun 12 2009
Dame’s Rocket is blooming now along roadsides and trails in Pennsylvania. A native of Eurasia it was brought to America in the 1600’s and went wild long ago. It’s now considered invasive in many states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland.
Dame’s Rocket is easy to find. It’s seed production is prolific and it tends to grow in dense stands. The flowers are showy and produce a particularly sweet scent in the evening.
Though we shouldn’t plant it in our gardens it sure is beautiful. I can see why the colonists brought it here.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)