Gillyflower, Brompton Stock
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M. incana - commonly known as Stocks - has many cultivars and is a perennial with narrow, grey-green foliage and a woody base. Flowers are borne on spikes of sweet-scented pink, mauve, purple, violet or white flowers which some say smell like cloves. Stocks are widely grown as annual or biennial bedding plants in gardens, and commercially as cut flowers. They make good additions to a sunny border and add colour from Spring to Summer in milder climates.
Flowers can be cut for the vase, pick when the first flowers on the stem have opened, the rest will continue to open.
Sow seed early to mid summer in trays and plant our in early autumn. Use a standard seedling potting mix.
Europe, Asia, Africa, Mediterranean region
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
The tall varieties are grown on large scale for the cut flower industry.
The shorter or bedding varieties are grown for use in gardens.
Pink, Purple, Cream, White
Seedlings prone to damping off