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Saponaria x boissieri

Saponaria x boissieri
Saponaria x boissieri
Sad in late April 2014

Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink
Size 2-6"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Saponaria caespitosa × Saponaria ocymoides. Just a single plant overwintered in our nursery area out of two seasons worth of attempts; I put it into our rock garden in early spring. As you can see from the photo, it wasn't exactly a thing of beauty at the time, but it filled out by summer. It grew a little stronger the following year, but I still didn't notice any flowers. Finally, in May of 2016, it was nice and full, with flowers aplenty. The photo at the top of this page was among the last pictures I took in our Pennsylvania garden, before moving to Texas. I hope the plant is still thriving in the rock garden up north!

Saponaria x boissieri
A bit fuller in early August
Saponaria x boissieri
Overwintered rather more satisfyingly in 2015 (this photo mid-March, just after snow receded)

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (6w; 80%G, 9d-5w) - 35F (8%G, 3d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (6w; 6%G, 3w) - 70F (80%G, 3d)

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