Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)

Bladder campion Synonyms: Silene latifolia ssp. alba, Silene alba, Silene pratensis

Common Names: Evening lychnis, white campion, white cockle, maidenstears

Description: Introduced to North America as an ornamental.

Habit: Short-lived perennial, glabrous, rarely pubescent, glaucous, taproot is fleshy & stout, caudex woody, 8-24 in tall, thick lateral roots.

Leaves: Mainly cauline, 2 per node, sessile, almost clasping, reduced proximal to inflorescence, blade broadly oblong to oblanceolate or lanceolate, rarely linear, 2-8 cm by 5-30 mm, round base, apex acute to acuminate.

Stems: Several-many; erect; branched and decumbent at base; rarely simple; 20-80 cm.

Flowers: White in color, bisexual and unisexual, 15-20 mm diameter, margins dentate, lobes broadly triangular. Calyx is pale green to dull pink in color.

Fruit and seeds: Seeds are black, globose-reniform, 1-1.5 mm, finely tuberculate.

Habitat: Native to Africa, Asia and Europe.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Nightflowering silene (Silene noctiflora); Evening campion (Silene nivea).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling for small infestations, making sure all fragments are removed; effectively controlled using any of the several readily available general use herbicides.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Bladder campion

Scientific Name:

Silene vulgaris







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