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From the darkest ruby to a metallic mahogany, the fragrant blooms of Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty' make for the most unique garden flowers. Multiple, densely packed heads of individual flowers make for a fabulous cut flower that lasts well in the vase. Dianthus was named by the Greek botanist, Theophrastus meaning 'God's flower'. Dianthus barbatus nigrescens group, simply referred to as 'Sooty' was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Well worth a try in the garden. Well drained friable soil in full sun with adequate moisture will have 'Sooty' thriving. Approx. 30-40cm high.