NZ1365 : Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis)

taken 9 years ago, near to Wylam, Northumberland, Great Britain

Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis)
Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis)
Also known as Sweet Rocket, this Crucifer was introduced to Britain in the 14th Century, has spread and gained naturalised status. The genus name Hesperis is Greek for evening, and the name was probably given because the scent of the flowers becomes more conspicuous towards evening. It can be a food plant for the caterpillars of orange tip NZ1365 : Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) and cabbage white butterflies but its prolific seed production can make it somewhat invasive in certain habitats to the detriment of native flora LinkExternal link
The white form of the plant is also found in this location NZ1365 : Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis)
Close House Riverside Nature Reserve :: NZ1264
A nature reserve managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The area contains calaminarian grassland which is on the river Tyne floodplain; these types of grassland are rare habitats only found in areas where there are high concentrations of heavy metals.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 June, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 131 652 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.9225N 1:47.7824W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 131 652
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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