Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bouncing Bet

Common Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) is an alien species growing along the Mon River rail trail south of the Hildebrandt lock & dam.  One of its other common names is Bouncing Bet, which apparently is named for a washer-woman.  Soapwort has a long history as a natural soap.  I had originally mistaken it for a phlox.

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