Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.
Scientific name: Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke; also Silene inflata Sm.
Common name(s): bladder campion, maidenstears
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– in New England, S. vulgaris ssp. vulgaris; see Go Botany webpage
- the bulging section is called the veined calyx sac
-leaves are long narrow and opposite
-edges of fields
-leaves can be used as a green if boiled
-contain a small amount of harmless toxin
Anik, Vanessa. “Bladder Campion.” Edible Plants: Bladder Campion, www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Edible_plants/Bladdercampion/BladderCampion.html.