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Dianthus barbatus 'Auricula Eyed Mixed' (Sweet William)

Sweet William 'Auricula Eyed Mixed', Bearded Pink 'Auricula Eyed Mixed', Bloomy Down 'Auricula Eyed Mixed', London Pride 'Auricula Eyed Mixed', London Tufts 'Auricula Eyed Mixed', Oeillet des Poètes 'Auricula Eyed Mixed'


Dianthus barbatus 'Auricula Eyed Mixed' (Sweet William) is a biennial prized for its densely packed, flattened clusters of small flowers adorned with contrasting pale centers. Blooming from late spring to the first frosts, the fragrant bicolored flowers come in crimson, purple and pink. The vivid blossoms rise on erect stems above low mounds of grass-like, mid green leaves. No cottage garden would be without this old favorite, but it has a place in every garden.

  • Growing up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in organically rich, well-drained soils. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Deadhead as required. Propagate by seed sown in late spring and plant out into flowering positions in the fall
  • Susceptible to crown rot and rust in poorly-drained soils. Watch for snails and slugs.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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