poetry and prose about place

wildflowers – Bladder campion

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One of my favorite roadside flowers is the Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke.  The flowers are white, with five deeply lobed petals. The flowers protrude from an inflated, papery calyx, greenish, purple-veined and bladder-like. This time of year, the flowers are almost past.



I love the scientific generic name Silene, derived from the name of a Greek woodland deity. Another common name for Bladder campion is maidenstears.



The leaves of Bladder campion are edible, used raw in a salad or cooked in a stew.



Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

August 4, 2017 at 7:14 am

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  1. Beautiful flowers! Never heard of them before.

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    August 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm

  2. I lovey our pictures, what I learn from your postings and, most of all, the reminder to not hurry past the small beauties at the side of the road.

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    August 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

    • Thanks Rose. There is so much to see and wonder about. I find the human connections ( for example the names and their connection to mythology) thought-worthy as well!


      jane tims

      August 4, 2017 at 9:12 am

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