Saponaria lempergii Max Frei

Giant Flowered Soapwort

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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
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
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
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SKU 86590

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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
HBL7BXX
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

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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    4.8

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    • Hardy (3)
    • Healthy (3)

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    5.0

    Cute pink!

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    from Kanab Utah high desert southwest

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Attractive foliage
    • Healthy
    • Low to the ground

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Herbaceous filler
      • Living mulch
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria lempergii Max Frei:

      I enjoy the shape, leaves and shade of pink (it almost has a hint of purple) of these somewhat phlox-like plants (which tend to bloom AFTER phlox, so if you like the phlox look, then these are great to extend that low, mounding shape bloom season).
      We live in the high desert with only about 15 inches of water a year and very harsh sun and wind. Under these conditions, the giant flowering soapwort does need a little bit of pampering. Part shade is a must here, and in order for the blooms not to shrivel and fade, it does need to stay more moist than do desert plants.
      To give this plant the best chance, I planted in a depression of a few inches and mulched with dry leaves.
      I am very pleased with the robust nature of this soapwort; I ordered these last fall as tiny, 2 or 2.5 inch starts. Already this summer, they have been blooming (and continue to do so) for about a month, and have spread to each be about a 12 inch circle.

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      5.0

      Very Hardy - thriving in Colorado at 7500'

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      from Black Forest, CO

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      • Hardy
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Saponaria lempergii Max Frei:

          Planted many, many types of plants last summer trying to cover some of the bare ground left from wildfire. These are among the very few plants that survived the winter, but they are looking amazing, despite late snows and not- great soil.

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          5.0

          Old Reliable

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          from Eastern Colorado

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy

          Cons

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            • 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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            4.0

            saponaria does well with little attention

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            from cottonwood hieghts

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            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

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              • 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 shade.so happy to find something that thrives and is so pretty.

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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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