The Bearded Pink That Charms Your Garden

Meet Dianthus barbatus, a charming seasonal plant more commonly known as Sweet William or Bearded Pink. This long-lived herb is not just a pretty face; it's a magnet for pollinating bees, nectar-feeding butterflies, and tiny birds. Its striking, perfumed flowers are perfect for bouquets, and its vibrant leaf colors add a touch of sapphire, gunmetal, and emerald to any garden.

Dianthus barbatus

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

This plant has moderate water needs.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Neutral Soil pH Preference

Prefers a neutral pH, common in many soils.

Moderate Human Safety Concerns

This plant may cause irritation or mild reactions.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Dianthus barbatus

Sweet William stands proud at 1-2 feet tall and spreads out to a width of 0.5-1 foot. Its leaves are a stunning mix of sapphire, gunmetal, and emerald, while its flowers bloom in a variety of colors, including rose, lilac, garnet, dappled, and milky. These flowers bloom in the springtime, filling the air with their sweet perfume.

Did you know that Sweet William is a favorite among garden birds? Its vibrant colors and sweet scent attract a variety of winged visitors, making your garden a bustling hub of nature.

Also known as

Bearded Pink
Sweet William
Sweet William [Dianthus]


While Sweet William is a feast for the eyes, it's not meant for your dinner plate. This plant is toxic and should not be consumed.

Our design recommendations

Sweet William is perfect for collective planting and creating clusters of color in your garden. Its fringe design features make it a standout addition to any landscape. Sweet William is versatile and can be planted in a variety of locations. It's perfect for planters, domestic plants, porches, and aisles. Wherever you place it, it's sure to add a touch of charm.