Bohemia Ecological Preserve

The Wavyleaf Soap Plant has historically been a very useful lily. The fibers surrounding the bulb were widely used and bound together to make small brushes. Saponins in the bulb form a lather when mixed with water. Both Native Americans and early European settlers used the bulbs for washing hair - and it was said to prevent dandruff. Extracts of the bulbs could also be used as a sealant or glue. The bulb juices were used to kill or stun fish so they could be caught easily. The bulbs can be eaten safely when cooked.