Photographer: Merel R. Black
Saponaria officinalis L.
Saponaria: sometimes called soapwort, the name derives from the Latin sapo, "soap," for its soap-producing qualities
officinalis: Latin generally meaning "of the shops" or "sold in the marketplace" or "official"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, mostly hairless forb; stems leafy; with colony-forming rhizomes|
|Flower: ||white to pink, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, fragrant, often double; tube-forming sepals 1" or longer, petals flaring backward; inflorescence a many-flowered, domed cluster; blooms July-Oct.|
|Leaf:||opposite, lance-shaped, stalkless, with a prominent "bump" at the nodes|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites, often sandy sites|