Saponaria ocymoides

Saponaria ocymoides

Caryophyllaceae Form -native to Europe, up to 6 inches in height and 2 feet wide Culture -average to poor soil located in full son -well drained, does not do well in hot and humid weather -cut back after flowering has ended -clumps can be divided in spring or fall -cuttings can be rooted in summer Use -low growing perennial provides colorful ground cover that blooms from May to June -resistant to drought Foliage -small lanced shaped leaves -contain bright pike clusters of loosely packed flowers Interesting Facts -was used in treating skin disorders and poison ivy -soaplike lather is still used to restore the color and shine of old china