Saponaria ocymoides

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeSaponariaSaponaria ocymoides


A small perennial with decumbent or procumbent stems found on walls, churchyards, rubbish tips and beaches, usually as a casual but sometimes naturalised. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S.W. & S.C. Europe.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Jalas & Suominen (1986)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.