This road side flower tucked at the verge of woodland and field is beautiful in spring.
It goes by many names including: dame's rocket, damask violet, dame's-violet, dames-wort, dame's gilliflower, night-scented gilliflower, queen's gilliflower, rogue's gilliflower, and summer lilac. It is conspicuous for its tall spires with numerous blossoms, which have four purple petals. At evening, it gives off a scented smell.
This flower blooms at the same time as the Purple Phlox, but is distinguished by its height and four petals. The flower is normally a biennial with the blooms appearing the second year.