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Saponaria officinalis,
Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed

Scientific name:  Saponaria officinalis L.
Common name:  Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed
Family:  Caryophyllaceae, Pink Family or Carnation Family

Saponaria officinalis, Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  Leafy, unbranched stems
Leaves:  Opposite, oval with 3-5 conspicious veins
Inflorescence:  Terminal clusters of white or pinkish flowers
Flowers:  Calyx 5-lobed tube; 5 petals
Fruits:  Capsule
Habitat:  Roadsides and disturbed areas
Flowering:  July-September
Habitat:  Roadsides and disturbed areas

Saponaria officinalis, Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed


Derivation of the botanical name:
Saponaria, Latin sapon, soap.
officinalis, sold as an herb; medicinal.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Saponaria officinalis, Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed


Saponaria officinalis, Common Soapwort, Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, Soapweed


 
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