Saponaria officinalis flore-pleno
A genus of the Pink family,
comprising both annual and perennial herbs, a
number being useful for the adornment of rock
gardens and flower borders, inhabiting principally
the Mediterranean region.
Saponaria officinalis flore-pleno is a pretty native
plant, known as “Bouncing Bet” reaching
two feet with lance-shaped leaves clothing the
stems in clusters and rose-pink flowers about
one-inch or more across borne in a compact truss
at the top potion of the stems, rather like Phlox
There is an attractive double form with pink or
white flowers that is preferable to the type.
There are various other forms, showing slight
variation in the depth of colour and mostly with
Will grow in any well-drained soil in full sun
or partial shade, and well able to fend for itself
under wild garden conditions when well established.
Useful for contrasting with Scabiosa
caucasica and other perennials with light blue
or lavender flowers.
Propagate by division in the spring.
The flowering season is from July to September.
Has both perennial and annual species, in both
of which the habit is trailing, more or less compactly,
and the flowers are small and starry, very abundant,
rose, scarlet or white in colour.
Saponaria ocymoides is a perennial, trailing, with rose-pink
It should be planted in a sunny situation, where
it can ramble over stones or dry ground. May be
raised from seed sown in June.
Saponaria Calabrica is a hardy annual, which may be sown
in March or in August to stand the winter, and
flower early in the ensuing summer.
It is six inches high, and is covered with a multitude
of small bright pink flowers.
Makes effective patches or edgings.
Saponaria Calabrica alba is a white form of the last.
Saponaria “Scarlet Queen” resembles Calabrica,
but the flowers are of a bright crimson.