1st August 2016

Bladder Campion, Silene Vulgaris, a common Campion of hedges,verges and grasslands, can also be bought for the garden, for either grassy areas or rock gardens –great for Bumblebees. Quite like Sea Campion, Bladder Campion has broader, fairly glaucous leaves which are high in omega 3- good, when young, for salads, and for stews when older. In Spain the leaves are called ‘collejas’ and those who collect them, ‘collejeros’. Smelling of cloves in the evening, this useful little plant is tolerant of soil pollution and can be used to ‘clean’ zinc from contaminated soils. The delicate ripening seed-heads look like broken eggs (See photo). 

Bladder Campion at Potteric Carr

Bladder Campion at Potteric Carr

Bladder Campion- five, deeply lobed petals

Bladder Campion- five, deeply lobed petals

Edible leaves of Bladder Campion

Edible leaves of Bladder Campion

Ripening redheads. The 'bladder' is made of fused sepals.

Ripening seed-heads. The ‘bladder’ is made of fused sepals.

Conditions: Cloudy. Rain later. Temperature: Max 18- Min 13C.

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