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DIANTHUS barbatus 'Wee Willie'

Image of Dianthus barbatus 'Wee Willie'

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS barbatus 'Wee Willie'

Plant Common Name

Sweet William, Wee Willie Mix Sweet William

Special Notice

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General Description

The bicolored flowers of sweet william selection ‘Wee Willie’ add a striking note of depth to the late spring garden. Its dense clusters of single, fringed, disk-like blossoms appear from late spring through midsummer and are in tones of red, pink and white. They rise on sturdy stems rise amid clumps of flat, lance shaped, dark green foliage which bears tints of burgundy. The colorful, lightly scented blooms 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, providing 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, and makes an effective low edging in rockeries and miniature-scale borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, 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

    Biennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    5"-8" / 12.7cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes