STOCK - incana matholia
Bestowing brilliance across their beds with a broad bouquet of pink, purple, violet, mauve and white flowers, the stocks serve as a nice nectar collector that benefits the bees.
Stocks are native to the coastal areas of southern and western Europe. Another beautiful blossom bearing the 'brassicaceae' badge, known commonly by the names Brampton Stock, Common Stock, Gillyflower, Hoary Stock, Imperial Stock, Stock, 10-Week Stock. (Ref.1)
The seeds are used in folk formulas and remedies as a bitter, a tonic, an aphrodisiac, a diuretic, a stimulant and in the treatment of cancers. Also as an antidote to poisonous bites when infused with wine. (Ref. 2)
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)