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Sapindus saponaria, Soapberry

Sapindus saponaria

Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Mexico
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Soapberry flowers are small and usually whitish, in broad many flowered panicles with 4-5 sepals and petals. Flowers bloom in late spring, and form large, dense, intensely, fragrant terminal clusters.

Soapberry is very tolerant of soils with limited moisture and low fertility.

The drupes, which lather when combined with water, were once used in varnish, floor was, and soap. In some parts of Mexico soapberry is still preferred for washing hair and delicate clothing. As a soap it also has medicinal effects, helping to relieve itching and prevent the spread of various tineas and scalp seborrhea.

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Sapindus saponaria, Soapberry
Sapindus saponaria, Soapberry
Sapindus saponaria, Soapberry
Sapindus saponaria, Soapberry

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Sapindus mukorossi - seeds

Chinese Soapberry, Soap Berry, Chinese Soapberry, Soapnut Tree.
This is a fast-growing tropical deciduous tree native from India to Japan. The fruits are smooth and yellow to orange. The plant is medicinally. The seeds are edible, usually crushed and boiled and used in desserts. Seed kernels can be used as fertilizer after seed oil extraction. Due to its high saponin content, the fruits can be used as substitute for soap and for restoring and brightening tarnished silverware. Powdered seeds have insecticidal properties.
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