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Evening-Scented Stock

Posted by spazplant WA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 14, 12 at 19:40

Very early last spring i planted a bunch of old seeds i had lying around and none of them survived, except this one. i didn't know what it was & left it all alone in its little pellet. it survived total neglect. this spring i put it in my nice little swan planter. it flourished easily. i didn't know what i was smelling at night & finally figured out it was this old evening-scented stock i got in the mail from canada. it's my new favorite plant & i'll order seeds in bulk next time & plant them all over my porch. i'm so proud of this species. what a champ. it looks shriveled up in the pic b/c it's still day. at night it blooms & smells intoxicating, a balmy mix of spiced rum & vanilla.

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RE: Evening-Scented Stock

That's gorgeous. What is the formal name for it, do you remember? It doesn't look like what I thought stock would look like.

RE: Evening-Scented Stock

I realize this is an older post, but if you are still wondering what this plant's formal name is, I believe it is Matthiola bicornis (synonym Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis). Common names are evening stock or night-scented stock.

This is the first time I've ever come across a photo that showed the whole plant instead of just the blossoms. Thanks, spazplant!

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