Saponaria officinalis

Photo Courtesy of K. Hubeny

Plant Name Soapwort, Bouncing-bet, Crow Soap, Soapweed
Scientific name Saponaria officinalis
Family Caryophllales
Location Thicket
Flowering Period May-September
Identifying Characteristics purple and white flowers, sweet smell, red-tinged stems without branches


  • Leafy, unbranched stems with opposite leaves
    • leaves are between 4 and 12 cm long
    • grows in patches
  • Purple, sometimes white flowers  that emit a sweet smelling nectar
  • Found in the thicket
  • Distributed across North America


  • Can be used as a strong soap
  • Self-pollinates
    • also visited by bumblebees and hoverflies

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