Saponaria ocymoides

Tumbling Ted

Another common name for Tumbling Ted is rock soapwort. When boiled the roots produce lather as they contain saponins and were once used as a substitute for soap. 

It's a vigorous creeping plant, useful for tumbling over rock walls or planters and as an edging to paths. 

Plants form a low mound of bright-green leaves, smothered by bright-pink flowers in late spring.  Prune plants back hard immediately after blooming, to maintain a compact habit. Originally from Corsica it is drought tolerant once established. Evergreen.

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Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Caryophyllaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H6    

10cm    

50cm    

Bright green    

Pink    

Very well drained    

Full sun

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