Scientific Name: Dianthus barbatus (incl. hybrid cvs.)
Common Name: sweet William
Family Name: Caryophyllaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Biennial, Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Bedding plant, Container planting, Fragrance, Perennial border
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Alkaline, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Elliptic, Lanceolate, Entire
Flowers: Cyme, White, Purple, Pink, Magenta, Red, May-Jun
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Jul-Aug, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Slender herbaceous perennial; leaves blue-gray, lanceolate, opposite on swollen nodes; flowers radial, sessile, in dense cymose clusters, most vibrant purple-pink with clove-like scent.