MALCOLMIA maritima

Virginian Stock



Height: 6" (15cm)
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: Malcolmia (Stock)
Species: maritima (of the seashore)
Malcolmia maritima

Malcolmia maritima is probably one of the first flowers we come in contact with as gardeners. It is often included in mixtures for children, as it is easy to grow from seed by broadcasting the seed where you want it to grow, and provides an interesting patch of muted colours within a few weeks.

A member of the Cabbage Family, its flowers have four petals, and come in white and all shades of pink and mauve. It is a hardy annual, and has the added bonus of being scented.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Inside or Outside
(4-6 days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is long and thin, opening into two halves with a papery skin between them.

Seed The seeds are light brown balls. There are several seeds in a seedpod.

Seedling The seedleaves are rounded, and the first true leaves are also rounded.

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