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Saponaria

Caryophyllaceae
Ground covers, Perennials

Generally low-growing European natives, closely related to Lychnis and Silene. Easy to grow in well-drained soil. Useful in borders and rock gardens.

Saponaria officinalis
‘Rosea Plena’, photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images
Saponaria officinalis ‘Rosea Plena’, photo courtesy of Trevor Sims/Garden World Images

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Saponaria officinalis

To 2 ft. high,spreading by underground runners.Elliptical to ovate, darkgreen leaves. Loose clustersof inch-wide summer flowersin red, pink, or white. Rootscrushed in water produce adetergent-like lather. This is atough plant that has naturalizedin much of the West; before herbicides,it grew along railroadrights-of-way. ‘Rosea Plena’,with double light pink flowers,is the common garden form.‘Rubra Plena’ has crimsonblooms that pale as they age.

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