Night-scented stock (Matthiola longipetala, also known as M. bicornis) isn’t much to look at during the day, with its loose clumps of narrow, grayish green leaves, but it’s a real joy as the day comes to an end, when the four-petaled, pale purple-and-white flowers open and release their delightful scent. Plant night-scented stock near a deck, patio, or garden bench where you like to sit in the evening so you can enjoy the perfume. Whether you grow this heirloom annual in the ground or in a pot, I suggest siting it behind something more colorful for daytime interest. It generally reaches about 1 foot tall and flowers most abundantly in late spring to midsummer—possibly longer where summers aren’t too hot, as it prefers cooler conditions. If you leave the plants in place when they are done flowering so the long, twig-like seedpods can mature and split in the garden, you’re likely to find self-sown seedlings the following year. Full sun to light shade. Annual.
Collected in late July 2023. At least 25 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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