Soapwort is an attractive plant with a long blooming period. Unfortunately, it has also become an invasive plant in some natural areas. It is easy to identify among the various members of the Pink family because the white to pink flowers are large-sized and the foliage is hairless. A distinctive characteristic is the pair of long slender claws at the base of each flower petal. Another common name for this plant is "Bouncing Bet," which is an old expression for a laundry woman. The juice of the flowering stems and rhizomes is high in saponins; when added to water, it produces a mild soapy lather that can be used to wash clothes.
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