Sweet William

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is a species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae native to parts of Asia and southern Europe.

Sweet William

It has gained popularity as an ornamental garden plant. There are about 300 species[1] of plants in the genus Dianthus. It is a short-lived perennial or biennial that is sometimes cultivated annually.

Dianthus Barbatus Flowers

Sweet William usually grows 12 to 24 inches tall with small flowers in dense, flattened clusters (3 to 5 inches wide). Wide varieties are commercially available, including double flower shapes and some dwarf plants (4 to 8 inches tall).

Pink Sweet William Flower Set

The flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, whites, and two-tone hues, often with contrasting eyes and bearded petals lined on the inside. It blooms from late spring to early summer. The flowers can be fragrant, although most new varieties are odorless.

Pink Sweet William Flowers

The medium green, lanceolate leaves are up to 4 inches long.

Sweet William Flowers

Suggested Reading: Types of Flowering Trees

White Sweet William Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Dianthus barbatus Sweet William PFAF Plant Database”. Accessed June 26, 2022. Link.


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