Saponaria officinalis
bouncingbet; soapwort

Saponaria officinalis
Saponaria officinalis
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Saponaria officinalis
Common name: bouncingbet; soapwort
Group: dicot
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Plant height: 1--2-1/2'
Foliage: opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4, sessile, entire, slightly wavy to crisped on margins
Flower: white to pink, 1" across
Flowering time: Blooms July to September
Habitat: Weed of disturbed ground of roadsides, waste, railroad beds.
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: Saponaria contains saponins, a natural soap; contains saponic glycoside, a toxin. Considered an invasive in some states.