Soapwort (Bouncing Bet, Wild Sweet William, Soapweed)

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  • Common Name: Soapwort (Bouncing Bet, Wild Sweet William, Soapweed)
  • Latin Name: Saponaria officinalis
  • Family Name: Caryophyllaceae
Soapwort, like its close relative the Corncockle, is very high in saponins, and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea in humans.  The seeds contain the highest concentration of sapotoxins, but it has been reported that when feeding Soapwort to sheep in amounts that equalled approximately 3% of their body weight, death ensued within 4 hours.

We can find no research regarding toxicity in reptiles, but Soapwort is said to be toxic to fish, so we do not recommend that you feed this plant to your tortoise.

Although Soapwort usually has pink flowers, there are varieties with white flowers.
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