Silene vulgaris (Bladder Campion)

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Plant Overview

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..

Height: 80cm

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.


Photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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