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Saponaria ocymoides
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Plant Type: Perennials

Saponaria is a sprawling plant which forms a nice carpet of semi-evergreen foliage. Small sprays of pink flowers appear in early summer. It works well in a rock garden, as a ground cover, or between stepping stones on a path. The common name, Soapwort, refers to the sap from the roots of S. officinalis which was once used to make soap.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Saponaria prefers full sun and average to dry, well-drained soil. Cut plants back by about half after they are finished blooming to maintain a compact habit. This may also provide the added benefit of sporadic repeat bloom in late summer.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

12-15 in.

Good Companions

Rock Cress (Aubrieta ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Pinks (Dianthus ), Snow in Summer (Cerastium

Plant Height

8 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Edging, Container, Ground cover, Drought Tolerant, Border

Bloom Time

Early summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests