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 Bouncing Bet

Saponaria officinalis

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify
Wildflowers - Mushrooms - Lichens & Moss ...found in New York

Bouncing Bet
- Saponaria officinalis

Pink Family

Naturalized alien
AKA: Soapwort
Historically used as a soap and a detergent for textiles, often planted in mass around textile mills. Leaves and roots when crushed and boiled in water produces a lathery solution able to dissolve fats and grease.

I surmise the name Bouncing Bet has become more prevalent as its use as a soap diminished. I first learned the Bouncing Bet name from a field guide and still refer to it that way although Soapwort seems much more appropriate considering its history.

Found: Fields, roadsides, waste places, garden flower
Height: 1 - 2 feet
July - Sept bloom time

Saponaria officinalis bouncing bet Soapwort Saponaria officinalis
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