Today I read Hal Borland's essay about bouncing bet, which he mentions was prolific on this day of the year as he wrote. The article brought to mind a skit I've seen explaining the confusion of multiple names that can plague a naturalist. Saponaria officinalis, soapwort and fuller's herb also made the top 4 in the acted-out story. But I was intriqued as I read that the habit of women to wash their hair (or intimate clothing) with the herb inspired another name: my lady's washbowl.
Being unable to resist, I set about to find as many more names for the plant as I could. Here's what I found (just including names in English):
chimney pink (belongs to pink/carnation family)
dog's cloves (scent said to remind of cloves)
lady-by-the-gate (or lady-by-the-garden-gate)
London pride (for the ability of the scented blooms to mask the stench of London's gutters)
old maid's pink
sheepweed (referencing cleaning wool, as in fuller's herb)
wild sweet william
Can you add more names to the list, or find explanations for any of the names?