Saponaria officinalis L.

Common name

English: Soapwort

German: Echtes Seifenkraut

Mandarin: 鑲ョ殏鑽 (fei zao cao)

Portuguese: Erva-saboeira


Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Caryophyllales (100)

        Family: Caryophyllaceae (35) (family description)

          Genus: Saponaria (1)

           Epithet: officinalis L. (12)

Synonyms: Bootia vulgaris Neck., Lychnis saponaria Jessen

officinalis => of practical use to man; official species in commerce, especially for medicinal purposes

saponaria => refers to a soaplike substance called saponin

vulgaris => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Saponaria officinalis at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI


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