Dwarf Soapwort (Saponaria pumila) forms dense low cushions of foliage covered by pink flowers in spring.
|Plant Type||Perennials Hardy|
|Soil & Site||well drained|
|Flowers||pink, 5 petals|
|Dimensions||few inches tall, spreading|
|Propagation||cold stratified seeds, division, cuttings|
|Native Site||eastern Alps of Austria and Italy, southern parts of eastern Carpathians in Romania|
|Misc Facts||The genus name Saponaria is derived from the Latin word sapo meaning soap. The juice of the plant contains saponin which produces suds and also dissolves fats and oils. Being used as a cleaning agent has given it many other names such as latherwort, scourwort, bruise wort, soap root, etc. It also was used in homemade toothpastes and shampoos. AKA: Saponaria nana|