Sandbox forum: Saponaria officinalis

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Name: Gabriel
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Zone 5a)
Freezing winters, warm summers
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Cyclaminist
Jul 16, 2016 10:19 PM CST
This looks like Saponaria officinalis rather than ocymoides. It's strange, because the description on the Baker Creek website describes S. ocymoides, but the picture is clearly the other species, and one of the comments mentions the common name of the other species.
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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HemNorth
Aug 20, 2016 11:30 PM CST
Searching in this Database for Saponaria officinalis 'Flore Pleno', I came across 8 photos of this plant, including 2 from Lazy S'S Farm that Joy has submitted. The label for the above photo labelled Rock Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides) should be changed. The Rock Soapwort is a sweet low growing Rockery plant, with long blooming bright pink flowers.

Saponaria officinalis 'Flore Pleno' on the other hand, is about two feet tall, on unbranching stems, but with a root system that makes it run wild. Looks like its done that here - running into a Database entry where it doesn't belong! Whistling I've always forgiven it this tendency, because of its sumptuous fragrance.
These delicate, fragrant double pink blossoms were the only surviving plants that greeted me upon my return to a neglected garden at the end of a long and difficult summer.

In checking my facts, I found an answer to a question I've long wanted an answer for. I knew the name Soapwort for these plants, and would explain to people touring my garden that the roots could be used to build up a lather for washing clothes with, but finally I found an answer for the name they were also known by: Bouncing Bet. Seeing a washer woman bending over, up and down, washing her clothes with soapwort - - - there you have it! Bouncing Bet!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Aug 20, 2016 11:48 PM CST

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Ordinarily, I'd move the photo, but I'm going to delete it this time because it's marked as a Baker Creek image and someone might mistakenly buy the S. ocymoides seeds from Baker Creek and expect them to produce the plant in the photo.
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Roses Organic Gardener Garden Photography Echinacea Butterflies
Birds Irises Daylilies Xeriscape
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HemNorth
Aug 21, 2016 2:31 PM CST
Thank you, Zuzu, for looking after things. Sounds like a good call. Thumbs up

I sure appreciate everybody's help on this website. Everyone seems so amenable and approachable. A great big Thank You! @dave, to Dave and Trish for setting the tone.
Cheers, HemNorth

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