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Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) Herb Plant

  • Buy Saponaria officinalis 'Soapwort' | Herb Plant for Sale in 1 Litre Pot
  • Buy Saponaria officinalis 'Soapwort' | Buy Herb Plant Online in 1 Litre Pot
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Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Soapwort originally comes from Europe and the Middle East where its cleansing attributes have been utilised for centuries. Saponaria officionalis, is an easy to grow perennial herb. The Soapwort plant usually has a single straight stem grows to a height of 60cm (24in). The plant has oval shaped, basil-like leaves and pretty five petalled flowers which vary from whitish pink to rose and are approximately 2.5cm in width and grow in bunches at the pinnacle of the stems. The flowers appear in June and continue blooming until early September they are at their best in July Not only do the flowers look pretty but also have a spicy clove-like scent which gets stronger at dusk attracting moths, the flower is also a very popular nectar source for butterflies too. The good news for gardeners is that it is also not attractive to slugs. 

Growing 60-90cm tall, and happily flourishing in any soil type or situation, Soapwort needs to be controlled as it can become invasive, but it is well worth having in the garden as it's rich green leaves and pretty clusters of pale-pink flowers in late summer are striking.

Herb Usage

Soapwort contains beneficial saponins which make a gentle and effective cleansing agent. In the past, it was used to clean textiles and wool, but it's primary use presently is as a natural source for shampoo.All parts of the plant can be used for making a soap however, the roots have the highest concentration of saponin.

Buy Soapwort Online

Our potted Soapwort herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September

 

 

 


 

 

 


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Any soil type will do.
Flower Colour:
Pink Purple
Height x Spread:
90cm x 1.5m
Latin Name:
Saponaria officinalis
Hardiness:
RHS rating H7 very hardy

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