Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Saponaria officinalis Linnaeus
(Bouncing Bet)

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Status: Exotic


Saponaria officinalis is an exotic comparatively tall member of the Caryophyllaceae family. The flower petals are pinkish white, and they are slightly reflexed. This plant has escaped cultivation and can now be found around town and in moist creekbeds.
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Saponaria officinalis, photo Russ Kleinman & Kelly Kindscher, Mogollon Mtns., Mineral Creek, July 7, 2007

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