Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

[dianthus_barbatus]

Sweet William was one of Jefferson's favorite herbaceous ornamentals. He observed "sweet William began to open" at Shadwell on April 16, 1767, reported flowers in May and June of 1782, and also planted this biennial in an oval flower bed at Monticello in 1807. This species is often associated with early American Gardens and continues to be cherished for its red, pink, and white blooms.

Growth Type: Biennial Color(s): Pink, Reds, White Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

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Blooming Dates 2001: May 4 – Jun 202002: Apr 15 – Jul 52003: Apr 30 – Jul 252004: May 5 – Jul 192005: May 2 – Jul 12006: Apr 28 – Jun 302007: Apr 30 – Jun 252008: May 2 – Jun 242009: May 11 – Jul 42010: May 10 – Aug 12011: May 10 – Jun 282012: Apr 25 – Nov 72013: May 7 – Sep 28