|Young specimen in our rock garden |
Even though it sporadically reseeds, I lost my original crop somehow (perhaps to drainage problems in a wet winter), and missed its mounds of flowers late Spring in my 2003 garden. So I traded for new seed, and re-established this charming sprawler in my garden – only to lose it again. The plants from my most recent attempt are quite happy – so much so, they want to take over the rock garden! I may need to put them someplace where their sprawling stems don't cover up delicate alpine sun-loving plants.
|As the snow recedes in mid-March, rock soapwort's fully evergreen leaves and purple stems look ready to continue their conquest of the rock garden |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Corinne||Jan 29, 2005||Lovely site!
I appreicate your germination notes.
|robbie||Jul 28, 2008||is it toxic to dogs???|
I've never heard it to be toxic.
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Jun 05, 2010||Received your Siberian
blue seeds today. Thanks much. Even though I am 72, I am just getting into flower seeds. I am far from you, but enjoy you information and pictures. Can you suggest a reliable seed company for me to buy saponaria (pink and white), tall skullcap, perennial violets, etc. Thank you so much.|
I've not purchased much seed in recent years, being so well supplied through trades and society exchanges. Take a look through the listings at DMOZ for some ideas.
|Caroline||Jul 09, 2010||I love this plant. It can be short lived. Mine is fullest in full sun, but does fine in light shade as well.
|Nancy Sarpola||Nov 10, 2011||I have grown this plant for 15 years on the top of my retaining walls. It does well for 3 or 4 years than gets kind of woody and ratty and I replace it with seedlings or cutting grown plants. I think it needs pretty good drainage. Nichols Garden Nursery in Albany, Oregon sells seeds. The plants set lots of seed if you don't shear them back too quickly. Your web site is great!|
- Commercial seed. Cellpack 70F (75%G, 7d)
- Seed from '03 trade. Baggy, 65F (84%G, 8-10d)
- Seed from '10 trade. Baggy 70F (90%G, 12-28d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (55%G, 14-28d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (47%G, 15-55d)
- Seed from NARGS '13/'14 exchange. Baggy 70F (100%G, 6-8d)
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