Originally found in Southern Asia Minor, South Africa, Albania, Greece, and other parts of the Mediterranean coastal region and known by many names including, Hoary Stock, Ten-Week Stock, Gillyflower, Virginia Stock Flower, and Matthiola this flower is in the Brassica family. With a beautiful scent of clove and cinnamon and pure white flowers that together form a conical shape with pointed leaves this is a stunning flower for bouquets. Not just for decoration, as the flowers and seed pods are also edible. The flowers have a lightly spicy taste, much like a radish, and work well in salads and as garnishes. If you wait for the plant to develop seed pods, you can eat them as well before they harden and dry. A perennial in this climate, they are great for established beds or near to the house where the scent will waft to your outdoor sitting areas. Plants grow to 40cm height with the flowers reaching up further to 50-60cm.
Sow into trays in early spring. Place seeds on seed raising mix, do not cover the seeds as they need light to germinate. Always keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate. Seeds require warm temperatures to germinate 20°C is ideal. Pick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant to fertile permanent garden bed at 30cm diagonal spacing.