Caryophyllaceae
Saponaria officinalis

Bouncing Bet

Erect, hairless. Stems unbranched on lower section, branched inflorescence. Leaves egg-shaped, 1–4 in. long, with short petioles or sessile. Flowers on erect stalks in dense clusters of 20–40, topping stems. Flowers have 5 fused sepals; petals 5, pale to bright pink, 1–2 in. long, egg-shaped, notched at tip. Grows in edges of streams, roads, disturbed areas, below 3000 ft. Native of Europe. Saponaria is Latin for "soap," referring to the sap, which lathers with water.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--3 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, West Gorge, East Gorge, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes