Saponaria officinalis

Saponaria officinalis_Bouncingbet_JM DiTomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Lychnis saponaria Jessen

Common names: bouncing-bet; bouncing betty; soapwort; goodbye summer

Saponaria officinalis (bouncingbet) is a perennial (family Caryophyllaceae) with vigorous rhizomes. Bouncingbet is cultivated as an ornamental or medicinal plant but has escaped gardens in various regions of the United States. In California, it is especially problematic near Mono Lake.

Rating: Limited

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