|Common Name(s)||Soapwort, Bouncing-bet, Crow Soap, Soapweed|
|Scientific Name||Saponaria officinalis|
|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
- Especially useful for delicate fabrics
- A natural soap and shampoo, but NOT in excess!
- The Pennsylvania Dutch used it to make the foamy head on beer
- Visited by bumblebees and hoverflies
Seward, Marc. “Benefits and Uses of Soapwort”. Healthy Focus. 8 April 2017. Web.
Bergeron, Karen and Deb Jackson. “Soapwort”. Altnature. Web.
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