One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European plant of the pink family, with fragrant pink or white flowers and leaves that were formerly used to make soap.
Saponaria officinalis, family Caryophyllaceae
- ‘A keen botanical eye might also have picked out pepperweed, yellow woodsorrel, soapwort, horseweed, ironweed, black nightshade, sheep sorrel, curly dock, and small eyebane.’
- ‘The herb soapwort is excellent for this purpose.’
- ‘I had wormwood, soapwort, dill, yarrow, tarragon, chives, rosemary, lavender, angelica, many kinds of basil and thymes.’
- ‘Among ornamental plants, slugs and snails avoid foxgloves, many species in the daisy family, lavateras, hollyhocks, azaleas, Euphorbia, perennial Geraniums, mulleins and Stachys lanata, soapwort, lungwort and hibiscus.’
- ‘The glossy leaves of soapwort and finely textured carpets of Turkish speedwell stay green for most of the winter.’
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