Soapwort, Bouncing Bet
Strong-growing European natives, closely related to Lychnis and Silene, just need full sun and well-draining soil to prosper. S. officinalis can be weedy.Saponaria officinalis
Grows to 2 ft. high, spreading by underground runners. Elliptical to ovate, dark green leaves. Loose clusters of inch-wide summer flowers in red, pink, or white. Roots crushed in water produce a detergent-like lather. This is a tough plant that has naturalized in much of the West; before herbicides, it grew along railroad rights-of-way. ‘Rosea Plena’, with double light pink flowers, is the common garden form. ‘Rubra Plena’ has crimson blooms that pale as they age.
This annual is native to California and southwestern Oregon. Grows to about 6 in. high and wide, with ...
Native to Armenia and the Caucasus. May be a form o fN. racemosa. Makes a thick, low mound to...
Native to Siberia. Sturdy, upright habit to 2–3 ft. high and 1 1/2–2 ft. wide. Dark green,...