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Saponaria (Soapwort genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Caryophyllaceae

About 20 species, native to southern Europe and southwestern Asia. One species is naturalised, and two species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Saponaria officinalis (Bouncing bet, Soapwort)

Native to Europe

Saponaria officinalis

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Saponaria cerastioides

Native to Central Asia.


Saponaria ocymoides

Native to southern Europe.