Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Soapwort - Saponaria officinalis   L.
Members of Caryophyllaceae:
Only member of Saponaria in NC.
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DistributionFound across the state; present gaps will certainly be filled over time.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.
AbundanceFrequent to locally common statewide, except uncommon in the Sandhills and much of the northeastern Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, meadows, cemeteries, pastures, barnyards, yard weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationSoapwort is a perennial that often forms showy-flowered small patches or colonies. The stems are leafy and grow to 1-2.5 feet tall. The inflorescence is terminal, branched but usually dense, the large flowers pale pink to rarely white. The 5 petals are swept backwards somewhat at an angle and are slightly notched.
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Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, US 1, SW of Hoffman, June 2015. RichmondPhoto_non_natural
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