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Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’
Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’
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Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’

Sweet William

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.185.310

Sweet William is an old-fashioned cottage garden plant that usually grows as a self seeding biennial. This midsized strain produces a mound of bronze-purple leaves, bearing showy clusters of unique chocolate-red to black flowers for several weeks. Excellent as a cut flower. Remove fading flowers to encourage more buds to form. Pruning plants back hard after blooming will encourage them to survive for another year. Self-sown seedlings may be moved in fall or early spring. This plant is botanically the same as Dianthus barbatus ‘Nigrescens', which is actually its proper name.

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Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Purple Black
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Attracts Hummingbirds
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate