Soapwort

Scientific Name: 
Saponaria officinalis
Family Name: 
Caryophyllaceae
Plant Description: 
A hardy, clumping herb with white and pink flowers. It's from the carnation family.
Plant Height: 
To 50cm
Plant Use: 
Medicinal
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Danger
Of Interest: 
Why buy detergents when you can grow your own? Soapwort can be used as a fabric detergent, a dishwashing detergent…and even hair shampoo! Plant it near a garden tap so you can wash your hands on the spot. It has been used for medicinal purposes also, but the saponins can be toxic (to humans and animals when ingested), and the roots can poison fish.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Herb
Flower
Climate: 
Cool
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Evergreen

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