A British native wildflower of meadows and hedgerows. It gets its common name from the bladder-like calyx just behind the flowers.
Flowers from May to September.
Very good for a wildflower area or meadow and will gently self-seed. Loved by bees and pollinating insects. Bladder campion is one of the foodplants of the attractive red-and-black froghopper,
The young leaves are sometimes added to salads in the Mediterranean..
Common name(s): Bladder Campion, Maiden's Tears, Cowbell, Common Bladder Catchfly
History and Legend
In Roman mythology the Goddess Minerva turned the young boy Campion into this plant after he fell asleep instead of catching flies for her owls. The bladder represents the bag he should have filled.