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Hoary Stock Quick Facts
Name: Hoary Stock
Scientific Name: Matthiola incana
Origin It is native to the coastal areas of southern and western Europe. It has been introduced into the New World and Australia.
Colors Brown
Shapes Sub-orbicular, winged, 2 mm across
Hoary stock (Matthiola incana) is a biennial or perennial tomentose herb growing 15 to 75 cm high. Hoary stock is also commonly known as Brampton Stock, Gillyflower, Common Stock, Hoary Stock, Imperial Stock, Stock, Gilli-flower, Brompton Stock, Stock, July Flower, Garden Stock and Tenweek Stock. It is unbranched or has sparingly basal branching. Basal leaves are rosulate and cauline leaves are sessile or shortly petiolate, 3 to 16 cm long, 1 to 2 cm broad, oblanceolate with apex rounded and attenuate base. The racemes are 10 to 30 flowered. Sepals measure 10 to 15 by 2 to 3 mm, linear-lanceolate to narrowly oblong. Petals are pink, purple, violet, red or white about 20 to 30 by 7 to 15 mm, obovate to ovate, rounded or emarginated apex, long clawed. There are 7 to 9 stamens and filaments about 5 to 8 mm, style 1 to 5 mm and 2 to 4 mm anthers. Stigma is erect, sessile and bilobed. The seed pods or siliquae measures 2.5 to 4 mm wide, 10 to 15 cm long and is pubescent to glandular. Seeds are brown, winged, sub-orbicular and measures 2 mm across.

Traditional uses

The infusion is used for treating cancer and if mixed with wine, it acts as an antidote to poisonous bites.                                                                                       

How to Eat         

Flowers are consumed as a vegetable or used as a garnish in sweet desserts.

References:

https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=23249#null

https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1386/

https://www.pfaf.org/USER/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Matthiola+incana

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