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Hoary Stock

Matthiola incana

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flowers appear in spikes and are either in single or double form. The colour of the flowers can be pink, mauve, purple, violet or white. Flowers have 4 petals.
Fruit:
Cylindrical, curved seedpods. When Hoary Stock is in fruit, the seedpods can cause the plant to look like a tangled mess.
Leaves:
A garden escape with branched, woody bases. It is a short-lived perennial with grey, elongated, untoothed leaves. Often appearing on the Sea Cliffs in Sussex and around the Isle of Wight.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers can be eaten. The leaves and seedpods can be eaten as a famine food.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flowers are very sweet-smelling.
Other Names:
Brompton Stock, Cluster-leaved Stock, Common Stock, Evening-scented Stock, Gilliflower, Hopes, Night-scented Stock, Queen's Stock, Ten Weeks Stock, Wallflower Stock.
Habitats:
Gardens, rocks, sea cliffs, seaside.