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Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)
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(Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) - 01
The soapwort is a member of the Pink family. They grow
from one to two feet tall. The leaves are lanceolate with three to five
ribs and they grow opposite each other on the stem. In this photo, the
leaves of the soapwort are the smaller ones growing near the flowers.
(Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) - 02
This is an enlarged view of the soapwort flower which is actually about one inch
in diameter. The flowers have 5 petals, 10 stamens and 1 pistil.
(Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) - 03
This is an enlargement of the center of the soapwort. The
leaves of the soapwort contain saponins, detergent-like substances. When
the leaves are crushed and mixed with a little water, they form a lather, which
gave this wildflower its common name.
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