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Sweet William

Genus: Dianthus.

Species: Dianthus barbatus.

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Originally from southern Europe, this familiar, slow-growing and slightly bushy member of the pink family has lance-shaped leaves and flat heads of bi-coloured flowers. It is easy to grow and - of course - widely available.

There are many varieties but mostly in pastel shades of pink and mauve. Although often grown as a biennial, sweet Williams can last several years. If left in this way they will become a little straggly but can easily be trimmed.

This plant is worth growing for its wonderful scent alone - moths appreciate it - but the flowers too are extremely attractive. It is also a good plant for attracting bees.

Foliage Green
Flower Pink, May to July
Moisture (Dry)
Sunlight (Full sun)
Origin Non-native

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