Family:
Caryophyllaceae
Toxins:
saponins
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
Found:
ditches, roadsides, disturbed, fields, streams, woodland edges

Time of Greatest Risk

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Geographical Distribution

Bouncing bet distribution - United States

Related Species

Bouncing Bet

Saponaria officinalis

Soapwort, Lady By The Garden Gate
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Bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis), also known as soapwort and lady by the garden gate, is a common weedy perennial from the carnation family (Caryophyllaceae). The plant is native to Europe but has been naturalized worldwide, where it is commonly thought of as a weed. Bouncing bet has pale pink to whitish 5-petal flowers, which grow in dense terminal clusters.

All parts of the plant contain saponins which can be mildly toxic if ingested by horses.

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