Vascular Plants - Caryophyllaceae - Saponaria:
Saponaria officinalis
bouncing-bet 
Blooms: July - September
Habit: herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Distribution: Introduced throughout the United States; common east of the Cascades in Washington
Habitat: Roadsides and waste ground
Species Description:

General: Glabrous, rhizomatous, leafy perennial forming large clumps, the several simple stems 4-9 dm. tall.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, entire, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 4-10 cm. long and 1.5-4 cm. broad, the cauline up to 20 pairs, short-petiolate or the upper sessile.
Flowers: Flowers fragrant, often double, in a congested inflorescence; calyx tubular, 5-lobed, 15-20 mm. long, 20-nerved, often deeply cleft in 1-2 places; corolla white to pink, the claw equal to the calyx, the blade 10-15 mm. long, obovate, with 2 linear appendages near the base; stamens 10; styles 2.
Fruits: Capsule 1-celled.
Accepted Name:
Saponaria officinalis L.
Synonyms:
(none)

Treated in Flora of the PNW as:
Saponaria officinalis
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria Specimens: View list of all Saponaria officinalis specimens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WTU Herbarium Specimens: View list of Saponaria officinalis specimens in the WTU Herbarium database.

Washington Flora Checklist: Saponaria officinalis treatment.

E-Flora BC: Saponaria officinalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Saponaria officinalis images.

USDA Plants Database: Saponaria officinalis.
Additional photographs of Saponaria officinalis:
(click on a thumbnail to view larger photo)

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

Ben Legler, 2004

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

G. D. Carr, 2008

Harry Thomas, 2010
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