Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

A hardy perennial growing up to 80cm/32” high, with scented pink flowers at the height of summer.

Prefers full sun or light shade.  Roots can become invasive so may need to be contained.

Medicinally, a decoction of Soapwort root can be used externally to treat eczema, acne and other skin conditions.

As its name suggests, saponins in the leaves of this plant cause a lathering effect, as is useful for washing fragile fabrics.


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