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Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis). Bouncing Bet is a non-native flower from Europe that is also known as Soapwort. It is found along roadsides and disturbed areas and spreads by underground stems. It can form sizeable colonies. Bouncing Bet flowers from July to September and its foliage can be crushed to make lather. This is the origin of the old-fashioned nickname for calling a washerwoman, "Bouncing Bet".

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