Abundant clusters of raspberry red and white disc-like flowers draw attention like a well-placed spinning barber’s pole. Extended bloom times without the fuss of regular deadheading, making it a low maintenance flower. These are some of the earliest bloomers in spring, coming in clutch when you need crops to brighten-up a spring farmer’s market table. One of the rare, long-stemmed cutting Dianthus varieties with flowers that hold seemingly forever. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds are big fans as are the elders among us for whom this flower reminds many of their youth. Introduced to us by our friends at Adaptive Seeds. This Southern European native’s genus Dianthus means “flower of God.” 24” tall. Deer resistant and Biennial.
Days to Maturity: 90-100
Latin Name: Dianthus barbatus
Life cycle: Hardy Biennial
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost and transplant after danger of frost has passed.
Planting depth: 1/16”.
Optimal soil temperature for germination: 65-70°F.
Plant spacing: 8-12”.
Harvest when ½ florets are open.
For more tips on when to plant flower seed, check out our NW Flower Planting Calendar!
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!