Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Clonakilty, Co.Cork


Soapwort
Saponaria officinalis
Garbhán creagach
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering: July-September. Perennial. Introduced. Garden escape.

Pink flowers, 5 un-notched petalled, in forked cymes on branched stems. Often double-flowered. Pale green lanceolate leaves. Straggling growth habit, produces many runners. Hairless. Thick, brittle stems. Previously used for making soap. Height: 30-90cm.

Roadsides, waste ground, stream edges.
Garden escape.
     
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