Annual China Pink/Sweet William (Dianthus chinensis / Dianthus barbatus)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Annual China Pink/Sweet William
Dianthus chinensis / Dianthus barbatus

Dianthus 'Ideal Violet'
Dianthus 'Ideal Violet'
A good annual to include in the early spring and fall garden as they prefer cooler temperatures. Many good hybrids now available to help with the weather tolerance. Taller varieties good as cut flowers. Under some conditions and with light protection, they may be perennial.
Full sun to very light shade. Provide some shelter for the very hottest sun. Well drained, organic soils. Deadheading helps to prolong bloom. 
  • 'Telstar' series
  • 'First Love' 18"-24" pink flowers
  • 'Dynasty' Series (tall)
  • 'Raspberry Parfait' 6"-12" crimson bicolor flowers
  • 'Strawberry Parfait' 6"-12" pink bicolor flowers
  • Bouquet Series 18-24" purple, crimson flowers
Mature Height
6-18 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Hardy Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - October
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems
Additional Notes
Leave a few seed heads to allow the plant to self-sow and return next season. Good drainage is critical in growing dianthus so as to avoid root and stem problems.


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