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Dianthus barbatus ‘Nigrescens' ('Sooty')

Common Name: Sweet William
Plant Family: Caryophyllaceae
Plant Type: Hardy Perennial


A hardy biennial or short-lived perennial form of Sweet William with dark red to black flowers in summer which are scented, & ideal for cutting. Dead head to promote more flowers. Likes sun & well drained soil. Sun and good drainage.

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POT SIZE/QUANTITY:  1 Litre
Season of Interest:  Summer to Autumn
Bee and Butterfly:  Both
Sun or Shade:  Sun
Height:  very low (less than 1ft)
Position/Situation:  Sunny Border
Planting Style:  cottage
Scent:  Scented Flowers
Suggested Use:  Cut Flower
Flower Colour:  Black
Leaf Colour:  Green
Habit/Shape:  Spreading
Evergreen:  Semi-evergreen
Drought Tolerant:  Yes
Soil Type:  dry or sandy soil
Soil PH:  Alkaline to Neutral

Availability:  

2 in stock  

2 in stock

Price:  £5.00
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Mainland UK  £8.50 -£10 Local delivery Postcodes IP1 through to IP8 & CO10 (minimum order value £35) FREE
Seeds & cuttings only  £2 Collect from our Nursery (Elmsett, Suffolk, IP7 6LZ) FREE
Scottish Highlands & offshore Islands From £10 We only send plants & seeds to UK locations (excl. Northern Ireland) Sorry we cannot ship to any other Country due to British Plant Health regulations on the export of plants post Brexit. There are no exceptions unfortunately  

 

See our delivery information page for details

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Quantity or Pot size" on plant information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.