UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

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