UMass Extension Weed Herbarium

Saponaria officinalis

Common Name: 
bouncing bet, soapwort
Scientific Name: 
Saponaria officinalis L.
Family Name: 
Caryophyllaceae - Pink Family
Identification Notes
Life Cycle
introduced perennial, reproducing by seed and rhizomes
Stems
upright, stout, hollow, single or multiple from base, sparsely branched, smooth, prominent swollen nodes
Stems of Bouncingbet
Stems of Bouncingbet
Stems of Bouncingbet
Leaves
opposite, oval to lanceolate, short stalked or sessile, margin entire and often wavy, smooth, three prominent parallel veins
Leaves of Bouncingbet
Leaves of Bouncingbet
Flowers
5-petaled, white to pink sometimes rose, petal tips notched, fragrant, sepals united to form tube; tight clusters terminal and axillary above
Flowers of Bouncingbet
Flowers of Bouncingbet
Flowers of Bouncingbet
Flowers of Bouncingbet
Flowers of Bouncingbet
Flowers of Bouncingbet