Monday, August 2, 2010

Bouncing Bet

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I spotted this Bouncing Bet while driving along SR 147N toward US 431. But almost any delicate pink to white flower you see blooming along the roadside this time of year is likely to be Saponaria officinalis or Bouncing Bet. It is a perennial and be propagated from seed, root division or cuttings, although I would advise against its propagation. Anything that can grow that well on the roadside might be dangerous in a flower bed. And it is. It is . It can be an aggressive spreader. Another name for it is Soapwort. The leaves contain a natural soap and will lather when crushed.

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