Saponaria officinalis /Soapwort, Bouncing Bet

Saponaria officinalis  / Saponaria officinalis
Lavender colored flowers and foliage
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Lavender colored flowers and foliage

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Cluster of summer flowers on this old garden plant

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Scientific Name: Saponaria officinalis
Common Name: Soapwort, Bouncing Bet
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: White, Pink
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This herbaceous perennial has escaped cultivation and is prevalent in several regions of the country. It grows from a deep taproot or rhizone. Cut portions produce a foamy substance like soap. This plant has been a popular perennial in old garden of the South since early times.