Taxon  Report   7344    
Saponaria officinalis  L.
Bouncing bet,  Bouncingbet, Soapwort
Saponaria officinalis
© 2016 Charles Russell
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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
Genus: Saponaria
Communities: escaped cultivar

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
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).