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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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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Heavenly scent.

Positive LoveForests On Mar 12, 2011, LoveForests from Clearwater, FL (Zone 10a) 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
Laguna West-lakeside, California
Long Beach, California
Merced, California
Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Cicero, Indiana
Wixom, Michigan
Greenville, New Hampshire
Weyers Cave, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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