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Dianthus barbatus - Sweet William - 200 Fresh Seeds
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Dianthus barbatus - Sweet William - 200 Fresh Seeds


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Dianthus barbatus - Sweet William

This listing is for 200 seeds of this sweetly scented perennial.

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) is a species of Dianthus native to southern Europe and parts of Asia which has become a popular ornamental garden plant. It is a herbaceous biennial or, more likely, a short-lived perennial plant growing to 30–75 cm tall, with flowers in a dense cluster of up to 30 at the top of the stems. Each flower is 2–3 cm diameter with five petals displaying serrated edges. Wild plants produce red/pink flowers with a white base,. The exact origin of its English common name is unknown but first appears in 1596 in botanist John Gerard's garden catalog. The flowers are edible and may have medicinal properties. Sweet William attracts bees, birds, and butterflies.

Hardy in Zones 4 to 9, it is easy to grow from seed and will quickly establish itself. Open sown plants will flower in the 2nd year, seeds sown under glass may flower the first year. Dead heading will encourage repeat flowering and prolong the life of the plant. They make ideal cut flowers. Full instructions for growing all wildflowers can be found at this link.

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