This unusual Sweet William has maroon-chocolate colored flowers on foliage that ages to metallic mahogany. The flower color reminds me of red velvet, appearing bright red to black depending on the light. Disappointingly, it is a biennial, as are other Sweet Williams, and will die after its spectacular bloom. In my garden it tends to reseed sparingly and I have flowers here and there in it most years.
12” x 12” (larger in our garden - 24" high and wide) Grows best in full sun in well-drained soil.
Hardy to 0 degrees F Caryophyllaceae