Monday, June 30, 2014

Rock Soapwort: Featured Plant of The Day

 Saponaria ocymoides 
Rock Soapwort

Type    Perennial
Hardy range    2A to 7A
Height    8" to 12" / 20cm to 30cm
Growth rate    Fast
Form    Prostrate and spreading or horizontal
Exposure    Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
Persistence    Evergreen

Bloom Color    Pink
Bloom Time    Spring through Fall

This plant tolerates some drought.
This plant will grow in moist soil.
Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy or sandy.
The pH preference is  a neutral soil.

Leaf Color    Green

Culture Notes
This is basically an evergreen plant with reddish stems that forms a dense mat.  It's a good choice for planting in the front of a border or as an edging plant.  Cut back after blooming to keep its shape and encourage new growth.  Although primary blooming occurs in the spring, sporadic flowering occurs until the fall months.  Root division can be done in the spring.  Seeds can be gathered in the summer.  In the spring, remove dead foliage only and shear lightly.