Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Saponaria officinalis L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Robert Bierman

Steve C. Garske

Steve C. Garske

Steve C. Garske

Janice Stiefel
Family Caryophyllaceae
Saponaria officinalis L.
bouncing-bet, soapwort
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"
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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
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Lychnis saponaria Jess.

         
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