Rock Soapwort, Tumbling Ted
Height: 4" (10cm) Flowering Time: Spring Flower Colour: Pink, white. ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder) Order: Caryophyllales (Pinks Order) Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pinks Family) Genus: Saponaria (Soapwort) Species: ocymoides (like Ocimum) ____________________________________
Saponaria ocymoides is a spreading perennial about 4" high, suitable for the rock garden or front of border. It has reddish woody stems, and softly hairy bright green leaves, and is covered in pink flowers in spring. It does well in chalky and dry soils, and makes a good companion plant for Aubrieta. There is also a rarer white form.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seedpod is a capsule inside the hairy calyx.
Seed The seeds are small dark brown discs. There are many seeds in a seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has shiny leaves and reddish stems.
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