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Dianthus barbatus nigrescens 'Sooty'

Sweet William

Supremely different to other Sweet Williams!

Fragrant blooms of deepest maroon-chocolate

Some parts of this variety are edible - Don't forget to check out our Edible Flowers Guide

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Supremely different to other Sweet Williams with 7cm (2½in) fragrant blooms of deepest maroon-chocolate on red stems and mid green foliage which matures to metallic mahogany. Stunning cut flower and border plant. Often grown as a biennial, this short lived perennial is ideal for cottage garden borders, beds and containers. Height: 30-38cm (12-15in).

Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers click here.


1 Packet (30 Seeds) (23879)

Sow in May-June outdoors in a moist, well forked and raked seed bed. Sow thinly, 1cm (0.5in) deep in drills spaced 15cm (6in) apart. Keep seed bed well watered in dry weather.They can also be sown indoors in late April-May in a good seed sowing compost just covering the seed with compost. Germination takes 7-14 days at 18-20C (65-70P).

Transplant to a reserve border, when large enough to handle 15cm (6in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart. Plant 30cm (12in) apart in the flower border in September.

For April sowings, when large enough to handle transplant the seedlings to boxes, grow cool and well lit. When well grown, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out in a reserve border as described above.

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