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Saponaria oficinalis

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Soapwort is a robust plant with thick underground runners that can be invasive. It also self seeds freely. As the name suggests, the leaves of this plant when boiled in water produce a lathery liquid may be used to wash wool. The plant was grown commercially for this purpose in Britain and is still used to clean delicate fabrics like old tapestries .

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  • Posted: Wed. 24th June 2009 19:49