White campion

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Silene latifolia Poir. ssp. alba (P. Mill.) Grueter & Burdet; also Silene alba Mill. Krause

Common name(s): white campion, bladder campion

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– annual/occasionally biennial or short-lived perennial


-leaves are

  • simple
  • opposite
  • entire

– may hybridize with S. dioica where they overlap in New England; see Go Botany webpage


-man-made disturbed land



Natural History:

-native to Europe



Haines, A., Farnsworth, E., Morrison, G., & New England Wild Flower Society. (2011). New England Wildflower Society’s Flora Novae Angliae: A manual for the identification of native and naturalized higher vascular plants of New England. Framingham, MA: New England Wild Flower Society. p. 519.

Go Botany. “Silene Latifolia Poir.” Silene Latifolia (White Campion): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/silene/latifolia/.