Belongs to: pink family

Soapwort Saponaria officinalis

Best time to see: mid Jun to mid Sep

Key facts

A rather straggling perennial with pink five-petalled flowers and glossy strap-like leaves

Contains saponins that act like a mild detergent, and was formerly used as a cleaning agent

A continental plant, it has probably escaped into the british countryside from gardens and from its use for cleaning

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© Tony Gunton