Saponaria officinalis | Soapwort | Garbhán creagach
Roadsides and riverbanks
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2023
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Garden escape which spreads vegetatively. Usually double-flowered and more rarely single-flowered. Formerly used as a soap substitute. It was possibly introduced in Dublin in the 18th century for use in the bleachgreens and calico printing works by the River Dodder. It was also historically used for cleaning antique or delicate linens. Soap was made from its roots.