Friday’s Seed- Matthiola fragrans

Today I present the seeds of an interesting Matthiola: M. fragrans. It grows wild in steppe regions from Ukraine to E. Kazakhstan, sometimes on chalky sediments. The flowers are reddish-brown or yellowish, similar of another nice but rarely cultivated Matthiola, M. trojana.

Matthiola fragrans seeds (Fam. Brassicaceae)

The seedlings seem to do well, already developed the indumentum; it will be interesting to see how they’ll adapt later /if to garden conditions. I like the challenge.

Matthiola fragrans seedlings


8 replies
  1. composerinthegarden
    composerinthegarden says:

    Are these related to fragrant garden stock, Matthiola incana? I looked the photo up on Google, beautiful plant with a wild look, much more open than the stubby kind I used to grow.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      M. incana is an annual/biennial while M. fragrans is perennial. A more closer species is M. trojana, as well perennial and same reddish-brown flowers. All extremely scented; they are hardy for our region but require very good drainage – so practically species for a scree/rock garden.

        • diversifolius
          diversifolius says:

          I’ll see how it goes in the garden this summer and then maybe I will ‘release’ some seeds into the world :)

  2. mrsdaffodil
    mrsdaffodil says:

    That’s a cheerful sight on a grey day. Seeds and seedlings are amazing. Have you read the book, “The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson? Fascinating read.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thanks, not grey here because it is snowing :) I didn’t read the book you mention, I’ll google see if I can find it – what a good title!

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