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Hesperis matronalis Linn., Sp. Pl. 663. 1753. Busch in Kom., l.c. 244; Cullen in Davis, l.c. 456.

A tall, biennial herb, 40-100 cm tall, sparsely branched above, erect, leafy with cauline leaves not amplexicaul, large, dentate. Racemes 20-30-flowered, up to 20 cm long in fruit. Flowers c. 15 mm across, handsome, white, lilac or violet. Sepals 6-8 mm long. Petals 15-20 mm long, c. 2.5 (-3) mm broad, sparsely and inconspicuously glandular. Stamens c. 6: 8 mm long; anthers c. 2.5 mm long. Siliquae (3-) 5-9 cm long, c. 3 mm broad, glabrous, sparsely or inconspicuously glandular, subtorulose; valves rigid with a distinct mid-vein and a few other parallel veins; seeds c. 3 mm long.

Fl. Per.: April-June.

Type: Described from Europe.

Distribution: Europe, C. and W. Asia.

It is a variable species with several varieties. Rarely cultivated as an ornamental in our gardens.


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