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.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

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Weed Management Notes

  • Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.

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Other Saponaria officinalis Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • EDDMapS - North American distribution based on Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System.