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Saponaria pumilio

Common Name:
Pygmy pink
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Caryophyllaceae (The Pink Family)
Geographic Origin:
Central and Eastern Europe
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3 inches high by 1 foot wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
rock gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Bright pink
Full sun
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This is a low mat, much resembling Phlox subulata when not in bloom. The stems are short, prostrate, and crowded with very narrow, pointed, shiny leaves. In middle to late spring the plant is blanketed by bright pink, upfacing 1 inch blossoms. A beautiful rock garden subject.