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Common name

English: Soapwort

German: Echtes Seifenkraut

Mandarin: 肥皂草 (fei zao cao)

Portuguese: Erva-saboeira


Kingdom: Plantae (2625)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2528)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2137)

      Order: Caryophyllales (122)

        Family: Caryophyllaceae (37)(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

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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