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Flowers #17 - Das Seifenkraut Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 06/25/2017
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Bei Spaziergängen in der Natur gibt es so viel zu entdecken. Doch kennst du alle Blumen am Wegrand? Auf diesem Trail kannst du die Pflanzen etwas genauer kennen lernen. Schau dich gut um! Vielleicht entdeckst du ja ein besonderes Exemplar? Dieser Trail führt dich durch die Thurebene im Westen von Frauenfeld.
There is so much to discover in nature. But do you know all the flowers you see? On this trail, you can get to know the plants more closely. Look around well! Perhaps you discover a special one? This trail leads you through the lowlands of the Thur in the west of Frauenfeld.
Das Seifenkraut -
 The Soapworts
Die Seifenkräuter (Saponaria) bilden eine Gattung in der Familie der Nelkengewächse (Caryophyllaceae). Der Name leitet sich vom lat. sapo „Seife“ ab. Der Inhaltsstoff Saponin (im Rhizom 2–5 %) schäumt in wässriger Lösung (Wurzelabkochung) wie Seife. Das Gewöhnliche Seifenkraut (Saponaria officinalis) wurde bereits im Altertum zum Waschen der Wolle und später auch zur Reinigung von Kleidern mit empfindlichen Farben verwendet. Schon Hippokrates kannte dieses Waschmittel.
Saponaria is a genus of flowering plants in the pink family, Caryophyllaceae. They are native to Europe and Asia, and are commonly known as soapworts. They are herbaceous perennials and annuals, some with woody bases. The flowers are abundant, five-petalled and usually in shades of pink or white. The most familiar species might be common soapwort (S. officinalis), which is native to Eurasia but is known in much of the world as an introduced species, often a weed, and sometimes a cultivated ornamental plant.[1] The genus name Saponaria derives from the Latin sapo ("soap") and -aria ("pertaining to"),[1] and at least one species, S. officinalis, has been used to make soap.[3] It contains saponins, and a liquid soap could be produced by soaking the leaves in water.[1] This soap is still used to clean delicate antique tapestries.

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