Soabwort - Saponaria officinalis
Family: Carnation plant (Caryophyllaceae)
Short description: Height 30 - 80 cm
Flowers: The flowers have pink or white petals. They are 10 - 15 mm long, rounded or slightly emery. The flowers are in stalked doldigen inflorescences at the end of the stem. The goblet is tubular
Leaves: The leaves are opposite, broadly lanceolate, pointed and three-annoying
Habitat: roadsides, riverbanks, gravel fields, rubbish dumps
Collection time: roots from October to November and in March, the herb from June to July
Use: The plant contains the flavonoid saponarin, sugar and other substances. This plant is made into drops and syrups, which are urinary and sudorific. Due to the saponins, the soapwort is also used in toothpastes, soaps and detergents.
Attention: A high doses of soapwort the saponins decompose the red blood cells.