Virginia Stock - Malcolmia maritima - Cottage Garden Flower

Type: Hardy Annual
Approximate height: Up to 30 cm
Flowering Time: Summer into autumn
Site and soil type: Prefers well drained soil in sun or partial shade
When to sow: Spring to June
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil.
Packet contents: Approximately 1g/2600 seeds or 5g/30,000 seeds

Grey-green leaves and numerous small, scented, pink, mauve, white and purple flowers with a green marked centre which are very popular with various pollinators.

Being very easy to grow, it's a great plant for children to try. 

It's a lovely plant for tubs or on the edge of flowerbeds where it will tumble over paths. 

You won't find it mentioned by a lot of celebrity gardeners as it's not "in fashion" at the moment but I've been growing it for as long as I can remember and love the way it self-seeds and pops up in unexpected places.

Perfect for sowing every few weeks for flowers all summer.  Available in 2 pack sizes, 1g or money-saving 5g. 


Virginia Stock provides food for the following creatures: 

  • Bees
  • Hoverflies
  • Small White butterflies  πŸ¦‹

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

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