Saponaria officinalis L.
Family: Caryophyllaceae
bouncing-bet, soapwort
[Lychnis saponaria Jess.]
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Michael Clayton  
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University of Wisconsin - Madison (WIS-VP)  
Etymology: Saponaria: sometimes called soapwort, the name derives from the Latin sapo, "soap," for its soap-producing qualities
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, mostly hairless forb; stems leafy; with colony-forming rhizomes
Leaves: opposite, lance-shaped, stalkless, with a prominent "bump" at the nodes
Flowers: white to pink, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, fragrant, often double; tube-forming sepals 1" or longer, petals flaring backward; inflorescence a many-flowered, domed cluster; blooms July-Oct.
Habitat: disturbed sites, often sandy sites
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive
Introduced from Eurasia and thoroughly naturalized; first collected in 1884. This species often forms large patches along roadsides, railroad tracks, in fields, and occasionally on lake dunes and forest edges.
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Robert Bierman  
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