Saponaria officinalis

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

See full plant description below.

Plant Details

A favourite native wildflower and cottage garden staple. Scented pale pink flowers over a long summer season.

The leaves were used as a substitute for soap in washing, hence the name.

An easy to grow plant which is equally happy in sandy soil or heavy clay.

Height: 60cm

Common name(s): Soapwort; Bouncing Bet; Farewell Summer; Gill-Run-By-The-Street.

Picture: Karelj [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.