Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8
(Bouncing Bet, Wild Sweet William, Common Soapwort) Herbaceous perennial. Native to southern Europe; a standby in English gardens. Upright plant with lance-shaped leaves and pretty white/pink flowers. The flowers attract myriads of night pollinators, especially hawk moths. The root is loaded with saponins which can be used as soap. Boil dried roots and/or leaves for 10 minutes, allow to cool, strain and use. Sow in spring by barely covering seed, tamping securely and keeping warm and in the light until germ, which takes about 30 days. These germinate especially well in an unheated greenhouse or outdoor conditions. Work the seedlings up in pots. Transplant or thin to 1 foot apart. Flowers to 2 to 3 feet. Will spread and make a patch. Excellent choice for permanent bedding plant or potted culture.
20 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown