Sequim Rare Plants, Sequim, WA 98382

Matthiola fruticulosa ssp. perennis 'Alba'

Matthiola fruticulosa ssp. perennis 'Alba'Matthiola fruticulosa ssp. perennis 'Alba'
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  • common names: perennial stock
  • flowering season: mid spring to early summer
  • height: 12 to 24 inches
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Soil requirements: average
  • Water requirments: average to low
  • Growth habit: rounded and bushy growth
  • How to propagate: from seeds
  • Leaf type: 3 to 4-inch long gray leaves
This is commonly known as stock. You will find it to be an exceptionally fragrant perennial (for USDA Zones 7 to 9 in the West) with pure white flowers and gray leaves. Growing as a low shrubby plant, about two feet tall and slightly wider, it flowers prodigously and sets many seeds that will self-sow around your garden. Blooms from mid spring to early summer. For us a plant will live at least five years. At some point it might be a good idea to replace an older plant with one of its younger, more vigorous offspring. Give it well drained soil in full sun to light shade. Survives well with minimal water, especially the self-sown seedlings that you will see sprouting in early autumn. For gardeners in the East, this will probably be a biennial or annual.

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