Additional information for Soap nut

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Soap nut

Soap nut

Common name  Indian soap berry, washnut
Botanical name  Sapindus mukorossi
Family  Sapindaceae
Details  Grows in the lower foothills and midhills of the Himalayans to altitudes of 1200 meters. The soapnut contains the compound saponin, which has natural cleansing properties, and can be used as a cleanser for hair, skin, and clothing. Saponins are also useful as insecticides, such as for removing head lice
Height (m)  20
Frost sensitive  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Shade / Sun  Full sun
Soil type  most well-drained soil, nutritionally poor