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Soapwort is also called "Bouncing Bet" and "Lady by the garden gate" it is native of Europe that has naturalized.  The plants are often are seen growing along roadsides, waste places, and railroad tracks and are considered weedy by some.  In the landscape under cultivation, it is an upright pretty perennial with pink, rose or white clusters of flowers.   Soapworts get their name because they contain saponins in the plant sap which lathers when used for washing.  It tolerates light foot traffic.

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