Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)

The Tropical Flowering Zone

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) Aka Clavel, Dianthus,  Clavelina, Clavelillo or Clavel chino, is a species of Dianthus native to southern Europe from the mountains of southern Europe from the Pyrenees east to the Carpathians and the Balkans, with a variety disjunct in northeastern China, Korea, and southeasternmost Russia, which has become a popular ornamental garden plant. It is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant growing to 12-30 in. tall.  Each flower is 2–3 cm diameter with five petals displaying serrated edges. Wild plants produce red flowers with a white base, but colours in cultivars range from white, pink, red, and purple to variegated patterns. The exact origin of its English common name is unknown but first appears in 1596 in botanist John Gerard’s garden catalogue.  Sweet William attracts bees, birds, and butterflies, and it has naturalized throughout the U.S..

Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William)Dianthus comes from the family of  Caryophyllales, the family of beets…

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