Common Name: Perennial Sweet William
This sport of ‘Heart Attack’ has bright, red-orange flowers when the sunlight shines on them, compared to the black-red color of its parent. This type of Dianthus forms large panicles of flowers, filling in the medium height category with a much-needed red color. ‘Heart Attack’ made waves when it was introduced because of its perennial characteristic rather than biennial and ‘Scarlet Fever’ shares this same attribute.
In the carnation family, Dianthus cultivars deliver gorgeous single, semi-double, and fully double flowers. Singles tend to deliver more flowers while doubles are significantly larger, sometimes more than twice the size. Singles also tend to grow quicker and can appear like a carpet in the landscape at maturity.