Dianthus barbatus
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Dianthus barbatus

sweet William catchfly

  family caryophyllaceae 
  genus dianthus 

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Genus  Dianthus Species  barbatus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  sweet William catchfly Family  CARYOPHYLLACEAE Specimen number  S11737 Data source  CrscntBlm;HtZn p106;Frgnt p61;Xeri p277;Xeri p285
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Slightly alkaline USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  6 pack Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Dianthus barbatus has faint spicy flowers. Sweet William catchfly can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. It usually does best in moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  warm mild sweet breath Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Spicy Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Dianthus barbatus is typically propagated by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Dianthus barbatus is a perennial. Blossoms in such colors as white, pink, red and purple are common.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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