Bladder campion

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

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

– in New England, S. vulgaris ssp. vulgaris; see Go Botany webpage


-balloon-like flowers

  • the bulging section is called the veined calyx sac

-leaves are long narrow and opposite


-dry places

-edges of fields

-along roads

Natural History:

-leaves can be used as a green if boiled

-contain a small amount of harmless toxin



Anik, Vanessa. “Bladder Campion.” Edible Plants: Bladder Campion,