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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dianthus Barbatus-Sweet William

Sweet William is easily propagated by division in the spring, but it also is a good example of a self seeding biennial or short lived perennial, however seeds are not breed true so if you want to duplicate the color division is the only way. Colors can vary from white, oink, red, purple and anything in between. Sweet William thrives in a loamy, sandy type soil, that is slightly alkaline in sun to partial shade and its nectar attracts butterflies and honey bees and does well in rock gardens or plant borders or in country styled garden beds. The height of Sweet William is 8"-12" and spreads in a dense mat form and blooms in June to July.

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