Matthiola bicornis / Night Scented Stock / Seeds

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Matthiola bicornis / Night Scented Stock / Seeds

Night Scented Stock have grey-green leaves and wonderfully scented sprays of pale pink to purple flowers from June to August.  The flowers open fully at night when the scent is strongest.  Plants are branched and sprawling and grow to a height of about 40cm.  They look best grown in groups or drifts and are often planted near the house or patio to fully appreciate the scent.  They also grow well in containers. 

Plants grow best in sun to part shade in a sheltered position in moist well drained soil.  Neutral to alkaline soils are best. 

Pack of approx 5000 seeds.  Sow the seeds directly into the garden in spring, or start earlier indoors in winter/spring.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

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Hardiness Hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers June to August
Height 30 - 45cm
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Grow in full sun to part shade and moist well-drained neutral to alkaline soil.

Sow the seeds in spring, directly into cultivated soil.  Rake over the soil and keep moist and seeds germinate in a few weeks when the weather warms up.  Or start the seeds earlier indoors in winter/spring.  Sow the seeds into a tray of compost, keep at 15-20C and germination takes 1-2 weeks.   Pot on seedlings when they are big enough to handle and plant out in the garden after hardening off.


Plants need little maintenance once established.  They prefer moister conditions, so water during dry spells and do not let plants dry out in containers.  Remove the plants after flowering.  Plants self-seed in the right conditions.