1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

soapwort, bouncing bet

Saponaria officinalis

Small, white, star-shaped blooms open in clusters in summer over spreading green foliage. Plants tolerate shade but will also grow in full sun in difficult conditions. This plant will spread in rich open garden beds, so plant with caution. Our grows under a cottonwood tree and holds it’s own with honeysuckle, and also thrives in a section of our green roof.

Foliage can be toxic in too great a quantity, and the plant is considered a medicinal herb. As the name suggests, it was used for making soap.