Dianthus, Sweet William 'Indian Carpet'

Dianthus barbatus

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Species: barbatus (bar-BAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Carpet




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Delmar, Delaware

Falmouth, Maine

Hopkins, Minnesota

Ravenna, Ohio

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2012, jwptaurus from Delmar, DE wrote:

I sprinkled these seeds in a pot towards the end of summer last year and did nothing else with them figuring it was too late in the season to get any flowers out of them. They continued to grow through fall. This past winter was the warmest I can remember and these plants never died back...they didn't grow anymore, but never died. Now that it's spring, they're covered in beautiful blooms!


On Jun 24, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted three of the Indian Carpet Mix, and got basically one variety of dianthus. While they are nice, I did want the different colors all together. That is one reason for a neutral rating. The other is that while the plants got huge this year, the middles are all floppy, bare, and have yellow leaves; this is only the second year I've had them. I pinched them back early in the season, so I'm not sure why this is the case. Any recommendations?


On Jun 6, 2007, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely old-fashioned flower that reseeds readily. One of my favorites!


On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short - Plant 12" to 16" apart. zone 3-9 Very dwarf form, 6". Shades of white, pink and red in unique patterns on each blossom.