This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- sweet William
- Annuals, Poisonous Plants
A biennial treated as an annual; recent hybrids are annuals; remove spent flowers; moderate watering; may reseed
- Perennial herbs; leaves narrow and often gray-waxy; flowers 5-parted, often fragrant, pink-lilac, pink-purple or white.
- Late spring
- Sun to partial shade
- White, pink, salmon, purple, red, lavender flowers with sweet fragrance
- 4-18 in.
- 6-10 in.
- Poison Part:
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Dermatitis, ingestion.
- No reports of ingestion. Skin irritation reported from contact with clove pinks.
- Toxic Principle:
- Triterpenoid saponins.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; florist plants; landscape in flower garden as herbaceous perennial.
NCCES plant id: 62