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PlantFiles: Night Scented Stock
Matthiola longipetala subsp. bicornis 'Starlight Scentsation'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Matthiola (ma-the-OH-luh) (Info)
Species: longipetala subsp. bicornis
Cultivar: Starlight Scentsation

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ladygardener1 On Jul 6, 2008, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Not much to look at, but the scent at night really makes up for it. Easy to grow from seed. I added several of these plants to each of my hanging baskets and porch boxes. As you enter the house in the evening you get that wonderful scent.
Well worth the effort to grow this little plant.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

SSE also offers this one.

Positive LarryDavid On Jul 28, 2005, LarryDavid from Salt Lake City, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is one of my favorites. I love the scent! In the day time the plant looks like a weed--it is not very attractive. But when night comes, the little flowers open to release a highly addicitive scent. I highly recommend this plant. It is great for growing by the patio. It also self-sows.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elk Grove, California
Mahomet, Illinois
Salt Lake City, Utah

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