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Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Saponaria officinalis - bouncingbet

Synonyms: Lychnis saponaria
Other Common Names: soapwort
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Caryophyllaceae

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Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
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Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
Plant - summer
Lynx Creek Near Highlands Center
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Leafy, erect stems growing in patches and topped with fairly dense clusters of many sweetly scented, white or pink flowers. In former times, the leaves were soaked or boiled in water to create a liquid soap. Has become weedy in some areas.
Height: To 3 feet


Habitat Description: Waste places, streamsides, fields and roadsides.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to pink     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Jun - Sep
Description: Flowers are clustered at the ends of the main stem and branches. The five flower petals are white to pink and are slightly notched at the ends. The flower petals are at the end of a green, tubular calyx.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Opposite     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves are 1.5 to 5 inches long and broadly lance shaped with three distinct veins from the base.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Capsules are brown and contain many seeds.
Seed Notes: Seeds are purplish to black.

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