Saponaria officinalis
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Saponaria officinalis

bouncing bet
chimney pink

  family caryophyllaceae 
  genus saponaria 

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Genus  Saponaria Species  officinalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  soapwort   bouncing bet   lady-by-the-gate   chimney pink Family  CARYOPHYLLACEAE Specimen number  S10995 Data source  MedPl p264;Frgnt p151;Xeri p286
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Saponaria officinalis has flowers that are mildly perfume scented. Bouncing bet (also known as lady-by-the-gate, chimney pink or soapwort) can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  expectorant Medicinal parts  Root   Aerial parts Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  It is potentially toxic Medicinal notes  Saponaria officinalis has been traditionally used as an expectorant. Bouncing bet (sometimes called lady-by-the-gate, chimney pink or soapwort) is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. The root and the aerial parts are used in herbal preparations. It is potentially toxic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  sweet nighttime breath Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Saponaria officinalis is a perennial. The flowers are most often a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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