Availability: May - September
Common Names: Sweet William and Pinks
Genus Name: Dianthus Barbatus
Family Name: Caryophyllaceae
Place of Origin: indigenous to southern Europe.
How long do they last? 3-8 days
Colours available: Wild plants produce red flowers with a white base, but colours in cultivars range from white, pink, red, and purple to variegated patterns.
Pinks a dense cluster of up to 30 flowers at the top of the stems. Each flower is approximately 2-3 cm in diameter with five petals displaying serrated edges.
Did you know?
Pinks were highly popular and clove-scented varieties were used in the kitchen to spice up wine and possets in the days when real cloves were beyond the pocket of most.
Cut the stems at an angle and remove all the leaves that will touch or go below the water level. Place the stems in water that is room temperature and change the water every few days. When you refresh the water don’t forget to recut the stems.