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Matthiola longipetala ssp. bicornis

Matthiola longipetala ssp. bicornis
evening scented stock
Synonym(s) Matthiola bicornis
Common name evening scented stock
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers violet (summer)
Size 12-18"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Four-petaled pale violet flowers open late in the day and release a strong, sweet fragrance - at least, according to my references. I'm scent-challenged, so I focused on the appearance of the curvy-petaled flowers. Overall a much more delicate plant than common stock, and not as long-blooming. But the swarm of pale purple flowers really lights up the front of the border as dusk arrives and darkens the garden. I wish they self-seeded in our garden – they would make a good semi-accidental addition to many of our typically untidy borders.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (97%G, 3d)

Long-viable seed.

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