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Stock

Matthiola incana

Also known as

Gillyflower, Brompton Stock, Queen stock, Hoary stock

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

40cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Stock Overview

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.

Common problems with Stock

Seedlings prone to damping off

Stock Companion Plants

Good companions are: Iris, rose, primrose, pansy, poppy, ornamental cabbage and kale.

How to harvest Stock

Flowers can be cut for the vase, pick when the first flowers on the stem have opened, the rest will continue to open.

How to propagate Stock

Seed

Sow seed early to mid summer in trays and plant our in early autumn. Use a standard seedling potting mix.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer the sub-shrubs.

Special features of Stock

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Other uses of Stock

Walls, rock garden, fragrance, border, greenhouse, edging, container, cutting bed.

Cut flower

The tall varieties are grown on large scale for the cut flower industry.

Ornamental

The shorter or bedding varieties are grown for use in gardens.

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