Stock, or malcolmia martima, can grow from 12 to 30 inches. Growing in stiff columns of flowers, the stock flower is a low-branching annual. Varieties of color include white and pink, red or purple. Each individual bloom has four petals that form an open cross.

Stock flowers bloom in spring from seeds or seedlings. These flowers love full sunlight and moist, well-drained soil. In mild climates, Stock can be used as a winter flower because it can tolerate frosts. The seeds need light to germinate, and should be spaced eight to 15 inches apart. When choosing a place for stock in a garden plot or yard, consider border edging or filling around bulb flowers. Once the bulbs flowers fade, stock will still be vibrant in your garden.

Stocks are great as cut flowers because they grow straight up and can be paired neatly with less formal flowers. Besides their appearance, stock is very fragrant. A bouquet of these beauties can scent an entire room with their spring fragrance.

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