Bouncingbet

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Bouncingbet

Saponaria officinalis

Information Sheet (PDF)

Eradication Zone Map (pdf)


Colorado List B - Control required in Jefferson County

General

  • Common names: Soapwort, Sweet William
  • Family:  Pink (Caryophyllaceae)
  • Introduced from Europe as an ornamental


Habitat

  • Colony forming
  • Found in wet areas, roadsides, disturbed areas
  • Perennial forb


Plant


Vegetation

  • Leaves one half to 1 inch wide and 2 to 4 inches long. Opposite with 3 veins from base
  • Plant to 3 feet tall


Roots

  • Rhizome
  • Spreading


Flower

  • one half to 1 inch wide
  • 5 petals, slightly notched
  • Dense groups at end of branches
  • July to September
  • White to pink


Seed

  • Many


Seedling

  • Late spring


Reproduction

  • Seed
  • Rhizomes


Control


Biological

  • None


Chemical


Cultural

  • Prevention - maintain health of site
  • Removal - bag and dispose of plants if seeds have started to develop


Mechanical

  • Burning - N/A
  • Grazing - N/A - This plant is poisonous
  • Mowing - Young plants prior to flower formation


Use all chemicals according to the manufacturer’s label. No specific recommendation or endorsement is made or implied by listing methods or products.

Treatment Timeline

 


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Removal


Remove all parts including roots

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Seed