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.
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Groundcover
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Height6" tall
Mature Spread18" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer to mid fall
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SizeNo
SKUHC016209

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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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.

Flat of 32 plants will cover 48 square feet when planted together

More Information
Associated SKUsHC016209
HC014267 (Plant - 2.5" Pot)
HC015762 (Tray of 32)
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
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
Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Groundcover, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit Of Measure
Tray
Ships To 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 a enormous thick roots that don't respond well to being 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.

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