Saponaria lempergii Max Frei

Giant Flowered Soapwort

Pink Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Saponaria lempergii Max Frei, Giant Flowered Soapwort



Max Frei is a vigorous hybrid soapwort that blooms in mid- to late summer with hundreds of quarter-sized pink flowers. It's a large scale groundcover with attractive deep green foliage. An uncommon perennial that deserves wider use.

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Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
SKU 86590


6" tall x 18" wide (cutting propagated). Huge clusters of clear pink flowers cover the entire plant in late summer, adding clouds of color to your garden when many other perennials have folded their tents for the season. This variety has great hybrid vigor, getting bigger and better every year in our display garden. Plant around the base of Caryopteris (Blue Mist Spirea) for a spectacular combination. This is an easy-to-grow variety, needing only compost enriched garden soil and moderate watering. Needs to be used more; such a great plant! Can tolerate occasional foot traffic.
Associated SKUs
86590 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
F6590 (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots) - Out of stock.
Common Name Giant Flowered Soapwort
Botanical Name Saponaria lempergii Max Frei
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 6" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Groundcover
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensSaponaria lempergii Max Frei

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Old Reliable


from Eastern Colorado

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy


    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria lempergii Max Frei:

    Purchased over ten years ago as part of a HCG's planned garden, this Saponaria has been a faithful pink July bloomer. Not showy but pretty in its own way. It gets some shade in the morning, but in afternoon it gets sun blasted and often blow dryed by our High Plains wind. It's made it through -20 degrees in winter. I do Nothing for it except water about every three weeks (if I remember). It has never spread beyond a foot of where it got its start. When June flowers are fading, this little shorty is blooming. Guess I need more of these!

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    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    saponaria does well with little attention


    from cottonwood hieghts


    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy


      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Partial Shade

      Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria lempergii Max Frei:

      everyone of the 8 or so of these i have planted have lived. the ones i put in years ago have done well and bloom when little else is. i live in the east bench area of the salt lake valley, have clay soil and try to use little water. these plants are tough and showy, i have them in a west facing garden so it gets hot but they do get some happy to find something that thrives and is so pretty.

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      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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