This wildflower (known in Maltese as Gizi) is not endemic to the Maltese islands. It was introduced in the last 500 years and may be found sporadically around the island. Its Latin name is Matthiola incana and it is of the mustard cress family. Hoary stocks flower between March and May.
I found this particular plant in a most unusual place – underneath the forbidding walls of Fort St Elmo in Valletta. It was all but hidden in the rest of the vegetation but I did not miss its small, vibrant purple flowers peeping out from amongst the rest of the foliage along the path.
Photographed in Valletta
I am indebted for all information regarding wild flowers and plants of Malta to the excellent and informative website Malta Wild Plants.