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Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

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







Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Any soil
Flower Colour Pink
Height 90cm
Spread 150cm
Latin Name Saponaria officinalis
Hardiness RHS rating H7 - Very hardy
Culinary Salads
Scented Evening Fragrance
Medicinal/Cosmetic Infusion
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    Horray a slug free plant

    Posted by Lena Lawrence on 23rd Jul 2019

    As usual this plant arrived well packed and super healthy. A good size plant ready to be planted for a very reasonable price. I am planting this at the back of my border as it is quite a tall plant and has beautiful scented and coloured flowers.