Can you identify this flower?

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Yesterday at our town swap shop I noticed these flowers blooming off the parking lot, so we took some. They have a sweet scent. Could they be phlox? Since these were growing wild, if we dug some up, would they be invasive in our small gardening areas?
q can you identify this flower
q can you identify this flower
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  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jun 03, 2018
    nope not phlox ... try https://ask.extension.org or take to your local Agriculture Agent office ... they are pretty!
  • Betty Betty on Jun 03, 2018
    We live in the country and they are growing wild in the woods .we also have them growing along the highway . I call them wild phlox because they look like it .plant along a fence or woods . I dug a couple and put along our fence . We have 3 different colors growing in the woods .deer will not eat them .I think they are pretty .

  • Milord Milord on Jun 03, 2018
    Campanulas, I think. Common name Bellflower.
  • Milord Milord on Jun 03, 2018
    Dames Rocket, hesperis matronalis.
  • Ejr28388065 Ejr28388065 on Jun 03, 2018
    Appears to have four petals, a wild phlox has six petals. It is easy to confuse the Phlox with a Dame's Rocket and could also be a Hesperis matronalis. My guess is from the pictures I saw on Wikipedia. Hope this helps!
  • The25643752 The25643752 on Jun 03, 2018
    They are called "summer phlox". I have them in my garden.
  • Umma Umma on Jun 03, 2018

    Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis. A Europen native biennial. Flower has four petals, unlike the similar Wild Blue Phlox, which has five. Flowers can be purple, white and all shades in between, even streaked. Upright, multi-branched, growing three foot tall. Grows along roadways, woodland edges, and openings in forest interiors. Invasive, and can displace native plants.


  • Emily Emily on Jun 03, 2018
    Thank you all so very, very much! I am not a good gardener, but these seemed pretty and sweetly scented. Dames rocket it is!
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