Dianthus Barbatus

A detail image of Dianthus Barbatus also known as Sweet William.

Common Names: Dianthus barbatus, Sweet William

Botanical names: Dianthus (die-ANTH-us)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 5 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Tiny, densely clustered florets on multi-branched sprays.

Color: Reds, purples, pinks and white plus bi-colors

Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek words di (Zeus) and anthos (flower).

Design notes: A wonderful filler flower. Beautiful small florets and dark green to bluish-green foliage.

Purchasing hints: Purchase flowers with open blossoms and turgid foliage.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.