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Saponaria officinalis

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sap-oh-NAIR-ee-ah oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Soapwort is also called "Bouncing Bet" and "Lady by the garden gate"; plants are seen by the roadside and are considered weedy by some; under cultivation it is an upright pretty perennial with pink, rose or white clusters of flowers; soapworts get their name because they contain saponins in the plant sap which lathers when used for washing; native of Europe that has naturalized

Typically found growing along roadsides, waste places, and railroad tracks.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#sun#poisonous#perennial#herbs#pink flowers#wildflowers#summer flowers#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#sun#poisonous#perennial#herbs#pink flowers#wildflowers#summer flowers#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Saponaria
    Species:
    officinalis
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe to Caucasus
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowers in a terminal cluster with tubular calyx, 5-parted.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, smooth margin. Palmately veined. 2-3" pairs of broadly lance-shaped leaves that have 3-5 ribs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponic glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Roots
    Seeds