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Soapwort

Saponaria spp.

Saponaria ocymoides0 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a-8a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Soapwort Overview

Saponaria is a genus of around 41 herbaceous or sometimes woody annual or perennial plants from the Caryophyllaceae family, originating from Europe and Asia. These plants are commonly called Soapwort. Cultivated species include Saponaria officianalis which has become naturalised through garden introductions worldwide. Soapwort are grown for their attractive clusters of purple or pink flowers in summer.

Common problems with Soapwort

How to propagate Soapwort

Seed

Division

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings in early summer.

Special features of Soapwort

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Soapwort

Grown for their flowers; good for rock gardens, screens and banks.