Stock, Matthiola incana, is a member of the Brassicaceae family of plants that includes cabbages. Originating in Europe, it is easily cultivated in all temperate zones, and is especially prized by cottage gardeners for its terminal clusters of fragrant, showy blossoms.
It is also a favorite of florists who appreciate the robust blooms for their vertical interest, sturdy stems, spicy-sweet aroma, and longevity in vase arrangements.
The native plant, also known as gillyflower and ten-weeks, as well as hoary, Brompton, or old stock, has been extensively cultivated and today’s cultivars include colors of apricot, lavender, pink, purple red , white yellow , and bicolor. There are many hybrid varieties to choose from.