Common Name: sweet William
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Red, pink, white and bicolor (double)
Sun: Full sun
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Best grown in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun, but generally appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as the St. Louis area. ‘Pinocchio’ is a biennial or short-lived perennial dianthus that may be grown from seed. Seed may be started in the garden in early fall for bloom the following year. Nursery plants may also be planted in fall. Seed may be started indoors in early spring or in cold frames for bloom in the first year. Seed may also be planted directly in the garden in spring near the last frost date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, cold-treated plants may be planted in spring and grown as annuals. In optimum growing conditions, this dianthus will reseed each year and remain in the garden for many years. Prompt deadheading of spent flowers (shear back large plantings) promotes perennial tendencies.
‘Pinocchio’ is a dwarf, double-flowering sweet William that typically grows to 9” tall. Small fringed flowers in a range of vivid colors including red, pink, white and bicolor, sometime with a contrasting eye, bloom in dense flat-topped clusters (cymes) from late spring to early summer. Lance-shaped medium green leaves (to 4” long).
Susceptible to crown rot and rust, particularly in poorly-drained soils. Watch for snails and slugs.
Cottage gardens. Beds and borders. Containers.