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Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix

Other names

Sweet William Wee Willie Mix, Dianthus barbatus 'Wee Willie'

Genus

Dianthus Dianthus

Variety or Cultivar

Wee Willie Mix _ Wee Willie Mix is a commercial seed mix of compact, upright, bushy, short-lived perennials, often grown as annuals or biennials, with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and, from late spring to late summer, dense clusters of single, fragrant, fringed, usually bicoloured flowers in shades of pink, red, and white.


Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are clove scented

Habit

Erect flower stem

Flower

White, Pink, Red in Spring; White, Red, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly.


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Where to grow

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, preferably neutral to alkaline soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix

Other names

Sweet William Wee Willie Mix, Dianthus barbatus 'Wee Willie'

Genus

Dianthus Dianthus

Variety or Cultivar

Wee Willie Mix _ Wee Willie Mix is a commercial seed mix of compact, upright, bushy, short-lived perennials, often grown as annuals or biennials, with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and, from late spring to late summer, dense clusters of single, fragrant, fringed, usually bicoloured flowers in shades of pink, red, and white.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers are clove scented

Habit

Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

White, Pink, Red in Spring; White, Red, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly.


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, preferably neutral to alkaline soil in sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix)

Common pest name

Omnivorous leafroller

Scientific pest name

Platynota stultana

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pest which could be potentially damaging to a range of crops if introduced to the UK. Awareness raising amongst the industry is needed. Also need to monitor developments in Spain where the pest is already present and consider whether EU regulation is warranted.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix)

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Dianthus barbatus Wee Willie Mix (Sweet William Wee Willie Mix)

Common pest name

African cottom leafworm; Cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton worm; Mediterranean climbing cutworm; Meditteranea Brocade; Tobacco cutworm

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera littoralis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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