Hesperis matronalis var. albiflora
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained
- Rate of Growth: average
- Flowering period: May to June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Highly scented, pure white, star-shaped flowers, are held in loose clusters above rosettes of dark green leaves. This biennial or short-lived perennial, will readily self-seed if the spent flowers are not removed, so it is ideal for naturalising. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and other beneficial insects. late spring and early summer evenings. They are also edible and look great sprinkled over salads. Although relatively short-lived, it self-seeds freely.
- Garden care:Sow seed where it is to grow in late spring, after the worst of the frosts have passed. Prepare the bed well first and then surface sow, thinning the seedlings out as they grow to allow 30cm between each plant. Keep well watered and pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushier growth. Deadheading regularly will help prolong the flowering season, but if you want them to self-seed, allow some of the seed heads to develop fully.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: May-July
- Approximate quantity: 500 seeds.
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