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PlantFiles: Sweet William
Dianthus barbatus var. nigrescens 'Sooty'

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Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: barbatus var. nigrescens
Cultivar: Sooty

Synonym:Dianthus nigrescens

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Biennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral llebpmac_bob On Jun 18, 2005, llebpmac_bob from Zephyr
Canada wrote:

I like Sweet William, but this is not one of my favorites. It looks better in the catalogue than it does in the garden, not being brightly coloured enough to be seen from a distance.
I have a number of dark coloured flowers in the garden Iris "Superstion" and black hollyhocks but these are larger flowered and more dramatic. Sooty just tends to get lost. Maybe in a smaller bed where people pass it at close range it would work better.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bear Creek, Alaska
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Modesto, California
Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
Mackinaw, Illinois
Fridley, Minnesota
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cheraw, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington



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