Saponaria officinalis , Soapwort
Compact clusters of pretty pink flowers in late summer. Smooth leaves that taper to a point. Spreads by rhizomes. Medicinal; leaves and roots make a gentle soap.
• Hardiness: H7 (-20 and below)
• Type: Hardy Perennial
• Height: up to 1m
• Spread: 60cm
Available as herb seeds.
• Soil type: Clay, Chalk, Sand, Free Draining
• pH: Alkaline Neutral
• Habit: Clump
• Flowering colour: Pink
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Medicinal
• Attracts pollinators: Yes
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: Yes
• Caution: Poisonous to fish so do not plant near water.
• Indoor Sowing: In autumn, into prepared pots, cover with glass and winter outside.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early autumn, into dry to medium, well-drained soil, in full sun. Thin to 60cm apart.
• Propagation: Division
• Maintenance: N/A
• Harvest: N/A
Jekka's "How to Grow Herbs" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
Growing indoors? Check out Jekka's blog on indoor herb gardening for some advice.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.