Saponaria ocymoides

Soapwort

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4-5" x 15-18" wide. This Old World wildflower is an outstanding groundcover for sun and part sun areas. It blooms in late spring with a profusion of bright pink, pollinator attracting flower clusters.

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Groundcover
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU 86555

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4-5" x 15-18" wide. Pink Soapwort is a wonderful Old World wildflower that carpets the late spring garden with a multitude of bright pink flowers. A vigorous groundcover, Soapwort readily reseeds itself and naturalizes in the garden. A prompt shearing, as the flowers fade, keeps it tidy and prevents reseeding. A superior ground cover, Soapwort is a particularly good choice for cold, short season areas of the inter-mountain West. It grows readily in most any soil including clay. (seed propagated). Can tolerate occasional foot traffic
Associated SKUs
HBL8EXX
86555 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
86555F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots) - Out of stock.
Common Name Soapwort
Botanical Name Saponaria ocymoides
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 4-5" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Groundcover
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Saponaria (Soapwort) - a large genus of wildflowers native to the Old World (Europe) and Asia with flowers in shades of pink and white.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in most soil types including clay. Saponaria prefers to be planted in a full to partial sun location. In hot climates, afternoon shade is best.
  • Saponaria need regular watering to establish new transplants. But established plants are generally xeric (waterwise) and only need a good soaking every few weeks when conditions are dry. Rainfall is generally all they need in moister Eastern climates.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials except in moist climates where plants should remain unmulched.
  • Deadheading is recommended. Shear back the tops of the plants lightly to remove faded flowers and pinch the new grow to thicken up the plants. When using Saponaria. ocymoides as a large scale groundcover (lawn substitute), it can be deadheaded using a lawn mower set on high to keep the foliage looking tiding after blooming is done.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
  • Special comments
  • These are typically long lived perennials that don't need dividing.
  • Saponaria 'Max Frei' has an enormous thick roots that resents be divided or transplanted. Leave standing over the winter and cut back to just above the ground in early to mid-spring.
  • Saponaria ocymoides and cultivars are semi-evergreen and should be left standing over the winter months. Cut back any winter-killed branch tips in mid-spring leaving green stems and leaves.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    4.3

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    Pros

    • Attractive (3)
    • Hardy (3)

    Cons

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    • Garden (4)

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    5.0

    Tough-as-nails, underappreciated garden workhorse

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    from Southern Vancouver Island, Canada

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Low Maintenance
    • Xeric

    Cons

    • Slow To Establish

    Best Uses

    • Dry Site
    • Garden
    • Gravel Garden
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria ocymoides:

    Few truly useful garden plants are as tough or as undemanding as Saponaria ocymoides.

    Plant a small seedling in reasonably well-drained soil (including cracks in concrete or stone walls), water it the first month or so, then forget it. It will be straggly and insubstantial at first, but in a couple of years it will be a lush mound as much as 90 cm across, completely covered in pink flowers for almost a month in late spring.

    When the main flush of bloom is over, cut it back or do like me and wait until the seed heads have dried, at which point it's easy to just pull them out, leaving a core mound that will soon look fresh and neat the rest of the year.

    If you do wait until the seed heads have matured, you'll have lots of volunteer seedlings, but they grow very slowly and are easy to pull out.

    Perfectly well adapted to the wet winters and dry summers of the Pacific Northwest. Incredibly drought-tolerant. Does not spread by runners. Loves alkaline soils, but also does just fine in slightly acidic ones. There's also a white form, which is slightly less vigorous but blooms at roughly the same time and contrasts nicely with the pink form.

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    4.0

    Have not had good results with them

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    from Northern IL

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    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Does Not Do Well In Zone5

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria ocymoides:

    Used in flower garden but have not had good results with them over a year

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Tenacious

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    from Cotopaxi, CO

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Hardy
    • Strong Plant

    Cons

    • Suffers Rabbit And Gopher

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Landscaping
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria ocymoides:

    Really nice plant with good growth and spread. Recoverd even rabbit browsing and gopher eating 2/3 roots.

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    4.0

    Awesome Plant

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    from Lafayette, NJ

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria ocymoides:

      Wonderful front-of-border, edger and (yes) hanging basket plant. Think of it something like phlox subulata (moss pinks) on a small dose of steroids. Blooms a bit later -- into June, can take harsh conditions or richer, moister conditions. Just a sheet of color in bloom. You won't be disappointed if you try this plant.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • 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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