Soapwort, Herb

Bouncing Betty, Fuller’s herb,  Bruisewort, Old Maids Pink

A stout, buxom, exuberantly healthy lass among flowers is Bouncing Betty.

Underground runners and abundant seed form thrifty colonies. This plant, to which our grandmothers ascribed healing virtues, makes a cleansing, soap-like lather when its bruised leaves are agitated in water

Flowers: Pink or whitish, fragrant, about 1 inch broad, loosely clustered at end of stem, also sparingly from axils of upper leaves. Flowers frequently double.

Hardy in zones 3-9

Easy to grow—1 to 2 ft tall.

Preferred Habitat: Roadsides, banks, and waste places.

Distribution: Generally common. Naturalized from Europe

Excellent shampoos, skin rinses and washes for delicate fabrics are made by steeping roots in water. Lathers like soap when agitated. Skin rinse helps to relieve itchiness.

The common name of this member of the carnation family indicates its traditional uses in washing. The hormone-like saponins contained in the root produce a lather on contact with water. It has an ancient reputation used both internally and externally for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, boils, and acne, and the herb’s main use in modern herbology is in the treatment of skin conditions. Taken internally these saponins are a mild irritant to the respiratory and digestive systems making soapwort an expectorant and laxative in small doses

Caution: Soapwort is a strong purgative and mildly poisonous in large doses. Internal use should be guided by a qualified herbalist.


These seeds or plants are sold for the sole purpose of garden beautification.

Information here is for educational and historical purposes only.

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Packet app. 25 seeds. $3.00






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