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Sweet William
Dianthus barbatus


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About Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
Height: Under 2 ft.
Flower Color: Multicolored in reds, pinks, whites and bicolors.
Plant Type: Biennial. Has two-year life cycle. Grows only leaves first season from seed. Then in second season, blooms, seeds and dies with first frost.
Flower Type: Simple flower with serrated petals
Bloom Time: Early and mid-season
Is this wildflower invasive? No
Is this wildflower endangered? No
Is this wildflower edible? No
Is this wildflower medicinal? No
What is Sweet William's native range?
  Indigenous To: Mountain areas of Europe
Where Sweet William is naturalized or can be grown
  Regions: All regions of North America.
  Zones: 3-9
  States:
How to grow Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
  Soil preference: Somewhat adaptable, but prefers non-acid, moist conditions.
  Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade
  Moisture Requirements: Average moisture, well-drained.
  Instructions: Plant spring or fall, and try to find a spot that is not too hot. If you're in a hot region, give this species some partial shade if possible. Sweet William prefers neutral or low-acid soils, and remember it is a biennial. When happy, it reseeds very successfully.

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