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Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

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These short-lived perennials or biennials are charming plants, and are worth their weight in gold in the cottage border. After flowering, the attractive foliage holds the space well.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsVarious cultivars produce colorful and disc-like blossoms, which are decoratively fringed and intensely fragrant. They are equally stunning as single colors, bicolors, or in a mixed palette.

CareGrow in fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun.

PropagationSow seed of biennials in summer; plants will bloom the following year.

ProblemsCrown rot, slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, chipmunks, squirrels, deer.

  • Genus : Dianthus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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