Silene vulgaris – Bladder Campion
A medium height semi-sprawling grassland perennial with distinctly waxy grey-green foliage. The flowers, which are white, consist of five cleft petals joined at their base to form a tube, surrounded by a bladder-like calyx, hence the common name of Bladder campion. Flowering occurs from May to August.
|Type||Seeds per gram||Origin||Ordering|
|Grassland Perennial||750||Somerset||Order this species|
This native perennial is found on a wide range of well drained soils, usually on sites that have been subject to a degree of disturbance like rough pasture, roadside verges, waste land and the edge of arable fields. The flowers are open all day but their clove-like scent is only emitted in the evening attracting long tongued moths. The striking black and red froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) can often be found on Bladder campion.
Easily grown from seed sown at any time of the year.