Blooms are often mistaken for tall garden phlox. dames’ rocket is often mistaken for a native wildflower and is included in many native wildflower mixes. It originated in Europe but was brought over by early settlers and has naturalized in open woodlands, prairies, roadsides, ditches. It grows well in average, well-drained soil in full or partial sun. It is a biennial or short-lived perennial with foliage only for the first year before blooming in the second year. Cutting flowers before plants set seed will keep this self-seeder in check.