Dianthus barbatus

Sweet William

This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Brimstone, Large Skipper, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell


Image of Sweet William flower with Large Skipper butterfly

Large Skipper on Sweet William. 18 June 2004

Further butterfly images:

Large Skipper Large Skipper. June 2002.

Brimstone Brimstone. In my previous garden in Wiltshire. 1999.


Sweet Williams are particularly useful for attracting Large Skipper butterflies.

Although it's classed as a biennial (meaning that you sow the seed one year to flower in the next year), I have found that my plants have survived through the winters and continued to flower.

Reference Section

Plant Type: Biennial

Flowers in June

Height: 45cm

This page last updated June 19, 2004