Calflora
Taxon  Report   7344    
Saponaria officinalis  L.
Bouncing bet,  Bouncingbet, Soapwort
Saponaria officinalis
© 2016 Charles Russell
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Saponaria officinalis
© 2008 Keir Morse
Saponaria officinalis
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Saponaria officinalis, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Saponaria officinalis
© 2005 Louis-M. Landry
Family: CARYOPHYLLACEAE  
Genus: Saponaria
Communities: escaped cultivar

Wetlands:
Arid West: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Lychnis saponaria
PLANTS: Saponaria officinalis var. glaberrima
More information about  Saponaria officinalis
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (SAOF4)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 17, 2018).

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