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PlantFiles: Virginia Stock
Malcolmia maritima

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malcolmia (mal-KOLM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: maritima (muh-RIT-tim-muh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sladeofsky On Feb 25, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had great success planting them around my emerging spring bulbs (in late winter) where they make a great groundcover.

Positive Dosetaker On Sep 7, 2012, Dosetaker from Mason, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Heavenly scent.

Positive LoveForests On Mar 12, 2011, LoveForests from FU
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

Sprinkled the seeds in rocks/pebbles in my rockbeds that were in bright shade & also onto sandy soil kept moist, they sprouted & grew very well with lots of fragrant flowers. When the long skinny seed-pods dry on the plants (turn tan), peel them open to get the very tiny seeds.

Positive Zeppy On May 16, 2006, Zeppy from Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of the first seeds I wintersowed (in early February) to sprout, in early March. They began blooming in their lovely tiny way a week ago, around May 10. A sweet scent, not spicy, not citrusy. This is one that should be planted densely for a multitude of little fragrant blooms.

Positive Leehallfae On Apr 28, 2006, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Virginia Stock has been an easy to grow flower. In my garden, it is self-sowing. Great aroma, too.

Positive Evert On Jul 13, 2004, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Sow directly outside in Spring, doesn't need a lot of space, thrives on a small amount of soil. Grows and blooms quickly.

Positive CaptMicha On May 22, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fast flowering from seed! And the smell... you can smell it before you see it. It has a yummy spicey fragrance and cute little flowers. Great little plant!

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Best direct seeded late fall through mid-spring. Flowering in just 10 weeks from germination!


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

Clayton, California
Elk Grove, California
Long Beach, California
Merced, California
Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Cicero, Indiana
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Wixom, Michigan
Greenville, New Hampshire
Weyers Cave, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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