DIANTHUS BARBATUS RED
This herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial has a dense cluster of up to 30 flowers at the top of the stem, each flower being 2–3 cm diameter with five petals with serrated edges. This is the fragrant bright red form, which is most attractive to bees and butterflies. These short-lived perennials/biennials are charming plants, worth their weight in gold in the cottage garden.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Sweet William