Mýrastigi

Saponaria ocymoides

Rock Soapwort

Caryophyllaceae

Height

5 - 10 cm

Flower colour

pink

Flowering time

June - July

Foliage colour

green

Sunlight

sun

Soil

well drained, gritty, poor

pH

neutral - alkaline

Hardiness

sensitive to winter wet

Plant range

Central and S-Europe

Saponaria is a genus in the carnation family, Caryophyllaceae, native to Europe and Asia. The latin name means soapy sap, which refers to the saponin content of the sap, which foams like soap. At least Saponaria ocymoides has been used to make liquid soap by soaking the leaves in water. Most species have white or pink flowers. They grow in different conditions, some are good rock garden plants that need dry, sun baked soil, while others are taller and prefer moist soil.

Propagation:


Division in spring or fall.


Seed - sown in March.

Seed lightly covered and stored at 15-20°C (60-68°F) until germination.

Sensitive to winter wet.

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