Height: 10-30" (25-75cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: White, pink, mauve, purple

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniiidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Capparales (Caper Order)
Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family)
(formerly Cruciferae)
Genus: Matthiola (Stock)
Species: incana (grey)
Matthiola incana

Matthiola incana is one of the most popular plants for a cottage garden. It has been grown since Victorian times and combines a muted colour scheme with a strong fragrance. In ordinary gardens, it is usually around a foot or two high, with spikes of single or double one inch flowers in white or shades of pink, on tough plants with soft greyish leaves. Some varieties can reach up to 3' high, and provide useful material for vases indoors, both in formal and informal arrangements.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(2 days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is a long cylinder with a blunt end.

Seed The seeds are soft brown discs. There are several seeds in a seedpod.

Seedling The seedleaves are rounded, and the first true leaves are also rounded and greyish.
The weakest-looking seedlings often produce the best plants with double flowers.

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