General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet (30-60 cm)
Plant Spread: 9 to 16 inches (22-40 cm); introduced species that is considered an invasive weed in North America
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Bladder Campion
  • Maidenstears
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Silene vulgaris
  • Synonym: Silene cucubalus

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  • Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 11:07 PM concerning plant:
    The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana notes the invasive quality of this species even back in 1922. The author states the plant was brought from Europe and first naturalized near Boston. At the time of the book's publishing, the plant had become wild in different parts of the country, "quite over-running some of the farm-lands which border the Hudson River, and whitening the roadsides of Berkshire."
  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jan 11, 2022 8:46 PM concerning plant:
    Range: throughout. Additional info: the swollen mature calyx of Bladder Campion, often tinged with purple, resembles a tiny decorative paper lantern
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 2:40 AM concerning plant:
    "Silene vulgaris, or bladder campion is a plant species of the genus Silene of the Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae). It is native to Europe, where in some parts it is eaten, but is widespread in North America where it is considered a weed.

    The young shoots and the leaves may be used as food. The tender leaves may be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves are usually eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes and risotto in Italy. The plant is used as a food in Spain and in Italy, where it is known as sculpit, stridolo, or by the obsolete scientific name Silene inflata."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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