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!