Spring Forth with Dame's Rocket - Wildflower or Weed?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Our Camas gardens are popping up with fresh color weekly. It was exciting to see these purple beauties in one of the gardens this week. At first,we identified them as Wild Plox. However, with only four petals, instead of five, we felt they warranted further investigation. 


Sure enough, this wildflower is called Dame's Rocket, and erroneously, Wild Plox. It's actually considered an invasive species in many areas as it can choke out native plants.  We are especially concerned since we don't want it to encroach into nearby wild habitat. Oddly enough, you can actually buy seeds online, which runs counter intuitive once something's been identified as a problem. 


We're bummed. Dame's Rocket looks beautiful, smells heavenly, and the deer don't touch it, it seemed perfect for our rural gardens. We'll contact Clark County Public Works to get their opinion and advice. We'll be sure to share out findings. It remind us, one man's weed is another man's wildflower - or something like that! 

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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That is very pretty and colorful. Wildflowers are sometimes better than the planned planted flower.

Apr 21, 2018 05:46 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Well...who knew...now we all do...I would have guessed phlox as well...but putple by any name is gorgeous !

Apr 22, 2018 02:44 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb and Bernie, funny how something can be so pretty but, still be considered a weed. I do love the deep purple color. Enjoy your Sunday.

Apr 22, 2018 07:05 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Carol Williams your idea is a good one. I will contact them tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion - 

Apr 22, 2018 07:16 AM #10
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, it is beautiful, and if it smells wonderful and the deer don't bother it would be nice, but sure would not want it to choke out the other plants.

Apr 22, 2018 07:20 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Looks like a beautiful flower to me!  I think that wildflowers are indeed classified as weeds, yet we always associate a weed with something ugly.

Apr 22, 2018 07:42 AM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Identifying the plant was step #1. Finding the right people who take action against invasive plants is the next step. 

While living in IL, I was a girl scout leader and found a local woman who was a Stewart for the Forest Preserves. Today she is in her 70's and is still active taking action in the Forest Preserves and making a difference with volunteers who are educating scout troops and raising awareness. If it wasn't for her purple loosestrife would have severely diminished the wildlife habitat and the ecosystem. If memory serves me correctly, I believe I contacted the Cooperative Extension Service - USDA and discovered Joyce, the woman who is still raising awareness in the area I lived in before moving to TX. 

I hope you find someone in your area who you can connect with soon. This sounds like a project you would enjoy. 

Apr 22, 2018 08:15 AM #13
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Nice photo Debb and I see these flowers quite often in NorCal.

Apr 22, 2018 12:13 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- It looks beautiful to me but I'll be waiting too to see what you find out. It does seem counterintuitive to be able to sell seeds for an invasive species. Ask Florida about the Melaleuca tree!

Apr 22, 2018 05:43 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie, quiet frankly I do not care if it is weed, if I like it I leave and enjoy it... I will have to do a post about a weed I had our Gardner relocate from the lawn because Diane & I loved it:))Endre

Apr 22, 2018 11:33 PM #16
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Never heard of this one before, but if it's going to keep some of the deer family away, I'm ready for it!

Apr 23, 2018 04:06 AM #17
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Debb and Bernie.  I guess the distinction between flower and weed is in the eye of the beholder.

Apr 23, 2018 04:58 AM #18
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for telling us about Dame's Rocket. A bloom that pretty deserves to be called a flower.

Apr 23, 2018 06:07 AM #19
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow,  something to really look into and the deer do not touch it,  that is interesting to me.


Apr 23, 2018 07:11 AM #20
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

When a weed is that beautiful and gives off that much color; it's a flower to me Debb!

Apr 23, 2018 11:42 AM #21
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - what a beautiful and delicate flower.  I think you are wise to check it out further. It seems to be perfect for a garden area where you can control it. 

Apr 25, 2018 11:21 AM #22
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Debb, Good that you try to stick with native plants.  Too bad this is not, because it is beautiful and the deer won't eat it!  Makes me think of the bamboo problems we have in this area.  Many local municipalities have made ordinances about controlling them!!

Apr 26, 2018 08:36 PM #23
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - weed or not it certainly looks beautiful.  Some of the beauty of nature.

Apr 27, 2018 07:01 AM #24
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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I can believe it.  My hubby bought some seeds online and it turns our some of them are also considered weeds in other parts of the country.  It hasn't become a problem here... yet, but we're keeping an eye on it.

Apr 28, 2018 07:20 PM #25
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

I like wild flowers, so they are not weed for me. You just need to be careful if they spread around too fast.

May 10, 2018 11:27 AM #26
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