4 responses to “Saponaria officinalis”

  1. Toinette Lippe

    In the Stone Age (12,000 years BC) or even earlier it is likely that when people went to wash their hands in the stream they grabbed the leaves of plants growing nearby to help scrub off the dirt. Soapwort grows near streams and the lather from its leaves would help cleaning. More recently soapwort was cultivated as a useful plant in Roman gardens and around Roman baths, whilst soapwort was also used to clean and prepare the Turin Shroud.
    See http://www.wildfibres.co.uk/html/soapwort.html

  2. Samantha Gray

    When we bought our house, it was newly made. The builder had pretty much cleared the land up near the streets (we’re on a corner), but two “weeds” thrived: Greater Celandine and Bouncing Bet. I have always allowed them space in my yard and gardens. I think they have a right by prior wild claim, and because I love both of them and firmly believe that wildflowers should be accorded space in every single garden. As I glance out of my window, writing this, I can see my Bouncing Bet in full bloom. They’re such happy campers!

  3. Corrina

    My mom has always used it to make shampoo. The nicest hair wash I ever had was with that shampoo. I used to show neighbor kids how to use it to wash their hands.
    Does anyone know if saponaria ocymoides is as effective as a soap?

  4. alphabetjohn

    In our hot climate (Memphis, officially USA zone 7, maybe now zone 8) soapwort tends to flop instead of standing upright as in this lovely photo.

Leave a Reply