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DIANTHUS barbatus (Midget Mix)

Image of Dianthus barbatus (Midget Mix)

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS barbatus( Midget Mix)

Plant Common Name

Midget Mix Sweet William, Sweet William

General Description

The short stems of sweet william ‘Midget Mix’ are topped with dense clusters of solid and bicolor flowers in shades of white, pink, red and lavender. Blooming from late spring through midsummer, its bright blossoms rise amid clumps of narrow, semi-evergreen foliage, and may be visited by bees and butterflies.

Originally native to southern Europe, sweet william is a short-lived perennial which is commonly treated as an annual or biennial. Typically blooming in the second season from sowing, this old fashioned favorite reseeds readily to form charming colonies, ensuring its long-lived presence in the garden. New seedlings tend to "pop up" surprisingly in nooks and crannies of the garden, and sometimes result in different, uniquely colored flowers.

Plant sweet william in full to part sun and average, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Provide with more shade in areas with very hot summers. Prompt removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier reblooming, however, they should be allowed to self-sow if new plants are desired. This cottage garden classic is at home in casual, well-drained beds and borders. The short stature of ‘Midget Mix’ also makes it suitable as an accent in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes