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 tree is from Europe and North Africa. Upright grower to 75–100 ft. tall and 50–100 ft...
Lilac flowers in fall. Orange-red stigma is the true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck st...
Native to East Asia; forms fans of sword-shaped leaves from slowly creeping rhizomes. The plants are p...