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  1. soapwort, hedge pink, bouncing Bet, bouncing Bess, Saponaria officinalisnoun

    plant of European origin having pink or white flowers and leaves yielding a detergent when bruised


  1. saponaria officinalis

    Saponaria officinalis, commonly known as soapwort, bouncing-bet or sweet William, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Caryophyllaceae. It is native to Europe and Asia, but it has been introduced to North America, New Zealand and Australia. It is recognized for its medicinal properties and its ability to produce a soapy lather when its leaves are crushed and mixed with water, which is typically used for cleaning purposes. The plant is also often used in ornamental gardening due to its attractive pink or white flowers.


  1. Saponaria officinalis

    Common Soapwort is a vespertine flower, and a common perennial plant from the carnation family. Other common names are Bouncing Bet, Sweet William, and soapweed. There are about 20 species of soapworts altogether. The scientific name Saponaria is derived from the Latin sapo meaning "soap," which, like its common name, refers to its utility in cleaning. From this same Latin word is derived the name of the toxic substance saponin, contained in the roots at levels up to 20 percent when the plant is flowering. It produces a lather when in contact with water. The epithet officinalis indicates its medicinal functions. In the Romanian village of Sieu-Odorhei, natives call the plant "Sǎpunele". It is traditionally used by the villagers as a soap replacement for dry skin. In the Middle East, the root is often used as an additive in the process of making the popular sweet, halvah. The plant is called ‘erq al halaweh in Arabic, çöven in Turkish, and is utilized to stabilize the oils in the mixture or to create a distinctive texture of halvah. Soapwort's native range extends throughout Europe to western Siberia. It grows in cool places at low or moderate elevations under hedgerows and along the shoulders of roadways.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Saponaria officinalis in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Saponaria officinalis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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