Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Saponaria officinalis

Saponaire
Soapwort

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

25-28 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

60-90 cm

Description

Grows in damp but well-drained soil, often found in large groups.

The name ‘saponaria’ comes from the Latin word for soap. Until the commercial production of soap in the 1800’s, the plant was widely used as a soap substitute.

Flowers

Flowers fragrant, with 5 petals, growing in clusters, in various shades of pink.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Long, narrowing towards the tip, opposite.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: 4 teeth, numerous seeds.

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