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The soapworts vary in height from low creeping plants up to those 3 feet tall. The bruised leaves give a soap like lather when mixed with water thus the name soapwort.

Saponaria ocymoides--Rock Soapwort Rock soapwort is a good rock garden plant for sites in full sun with a well drained soil. The plant has a trailing habit and produces a profusion of pink flowers in June with a scattering of blooms the rest of the summer. The plant is cut back after it flowers and is hardy and semi-evergreen. Propagation is by cuttings taken in summer or by division in the spring.

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