Sweet William (the Latin name is Dianthus barbatus) is the handsomest boy in the class. The teacher’s pet who seems to get on with everyone. In the garden he attracts bumblebees, honey bees and butterflies. And in the vase he attracts everyone who catches sight of him!
COLOURS AND SHAPES
Sweet William’s petals are red, pink, violet, purple or white, whilst nowadays they are often also bicoloured, such as white with red, red with white, purple with white or white with purple. It’s a colourful character that livens things up in bouquets.
Nobody is sure which William sweet William is named after. But whoever it is, the flowers will always turn cheerfully towards you. There is no symbolism known for sweet William, but the name suggests that it stands for charming good looks.
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is related to the carnation (Dianthus), which is derived from Dios (God) and anthos (flower). Sweet William is native to the Mediterranean, southern and central Europe. The first references to sweet William were in the 16th century, when it was used and cultivated in monastic gardens.