DIANTHUS barbatus

Sweet William



Height: 6-12" (15-30cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: White, pink, red

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder)
Order: Caryophyllales (Pinks Order)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pinks Family)
Genus: Dianthus (Pink)
Species: barbatus (bearded)
Dianthus barbatus

Dianthus barbatus is a popular old-fashioned plant, ideal for a cottage garden, and useful as a cut flower. It is biennial, producing a rosette of long, thin, evergreen leaves in its first season. The following summer, it produces dense heads of clusters of small rounded flowers, often in two colours, each surrounded by a spiky calyx, on bushy, leafy plants. As the common name implies, the flowers are scented.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Any time of year
Any method
(8-35 days)

Seed Pod Each individual flower in the cluster produces a seedpod.
The seedpod is a long thin cylinder, opening with a star shape.

Seed The seeds are small flat black discs. There are several seeds in each pod.

Seedling The seedleaves are sturdy. The first true leaves are fresh green and pointed.

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