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Honesty

Large, showy purple spikes -- an escaped ornamental. I was slightly bummed because I thought I missed getting a shot of this this spring, but discovered one stashed away.

 

Had this mis-IDed for years as Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis), but the leaf shape (frankly heart-shaped) is consistent instead with Honesty, and the veining of the petals looks closer too. Honesty isn't shown by PLANTS as naturalized in NJ, but it is shown in eastern PA.

 

EDIT: Now (2015) showing in PLANTS as naturalized in this county (Middlesex).

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Taken on July 24, 2005