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Bladder Campion

Silene vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Caryophyllaceae (Pink)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 deeply notched petals, up to 2cm across. Its inflated calyx, which ranges from purple to yellow, gives Bladder Campion its name and makes it easily distinguishable from other flowers of the same genus.
Fruit:
Dry, round, papery capsules which split open when ripe. The capsules bear many seeds and are reticulated.
Leaves:
Greyish-green leaves with pointed tips, narrow and oval. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and shoots are edible and taste similar to spinach. Good in salads and soups. The older leaves are best when fried or boiled as they tend to become tough with age.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are clove-scented at night.
Other Names:
Common Bladder Catchfly, Cowbell, Maiden's Tears.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, roadsides, wasteland.