There are 30 to 40 species in this genus of annuals, herbaceous perennials and subshrubs. They are native to parts of Europe and Asia. Supposedly, one species, S. officinalis, has been used for making a type of soap, thus the common name.



Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort
S. officinalis Bouncing Bet

Species Hgt in. Habit Color
S. lutea 3-6 Mat forming Yellow
S. ocymoides 6-9 Trailing Pink
S. S. officinalis 12-30 Upright Pink

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.


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