Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis 'Flore Pleno')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8a
Plant Height: 1-2 feet (30-60 cm)
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Pink and white
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Toxic to livestock, but rarely grazed.
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Zone 5a, July

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Posted by DarkRhapsody (Orlando, Florida - Zone 9b) on Sep 12, 2013 11:12 AM

This plant makes an excellent soap alternative. Some people even believe it was used to treat the Shroud of Turin. The soapy liquid made from boiling the leaves and/or roots can be used on hair, skin, and clothing and as a mild dish soap.

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