300 seeds $2.25
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Saponaria ocymoides is a popular rock garden perennial. In May and June, the semi-evergreen foliage is absolutely smothered with small, bright pink flowers. Rock Soapwort looks terrific tumbling over boulders, walls, or the edges of containers or raised beds. It also makes a good groundcover or bulb cover. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Saponaria ocymoides is a vigorous, self-sowing perennial. Cut the plants back after blooming to keep them compact and prevent reseeding (unless desired). It is fast-growing and very hardy, making it a good choice for cold zones. To top it off, it is drought tolerant and deer resistant.
Also known as Tumbling Ted, Pink Soapwort, and Trailing Rock Soapwort. It was given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. Hardy in zones 3-9.
height 6" spacing 15"
Sowing Saponaria ocymoides Seeds
Start saponaria seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date. Barely cover the seeds with soil. If no germination after 4 weeks, place the pots in the fridge for 3 weeks. Full sun to part shade.