Bouncing Bet

Have you ever run out of dishwashing soap? If you were a pioneer in this area you’d know where to turn — Bouncing Bet, or Saponaria officinalis, produces a lather when in contact with water. Take a handful, crush it, add water, and you’ll see. Other names include soapwort, sweet William, and crow soap. This pretty non-native plant, a member of the carnation family, is blooming on roadsides and waste places around Sewanee now.

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