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Saponaria officinalis

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

This grower is sure of this plant identification.

Rarely seen for sale, but a wonderful addition to a herb garden, or to a wildflower meadow: or even in a normal herbaceous border, as the flowers are surprisingly dense en masse

This is the original Soapwort,so called because it was,quite literally, used as soap! You can either boil and then strain the leaves, stems and/or roots - plenty of recipes on the internet - or you can just crush a couple of leaves and rub them on your hands. Simple!

Saponaria officinalis | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Saponaria officinalis | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Saponaria officinalis | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Pot SizeTotal Price
0.65 litres
2 litres

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Grower Notes

Fully hardy, spreads by runner to make dense clumps of upright stems, with pale pink or occasionally white flowers. The stems, which are a lovely dark chocolate colour, can be lax, so they might benefit from support in a border. Bees love them!

Ideal for a wildflower meadow, where they will happily spread to form large colonies,

Plant Finder: about Saponaria officinalis

Common names



Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort). This plant produces quite large pink flowers. The leaves are oval smooth and mid-green. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.


They will produce fully to frost-hardy plants which need sun and well-drained soil.

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, waste ground.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Saponaria officinalis | Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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