Bladder Campion, Maidenstears Silene vulgaris

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Botanical Name:

Silene vulgaris

Family:

Caryophyllaceae

Genus:

Silene

Species:

vulgaris

Common Name:

Bladder Campion, Maidenstears

Height:
18-24 inches
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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  • Silene vulgaris

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/16" deep , tamp the soil, keep moist.
In a Nutshell:
* Silene vulgaris or Bladder Campion is a plant species of the genus Silene of the Pink Family ( Caryophyllaceae ). It is native to Europe but is widespread in North America where it is considered a weed. more...
* A curious perennial with small white nodding 5-petaled flowers backed by an inflated "bladder", blooms all summer, flowers in loose clusters at stem joints, native to Europe but widely naturalized in the eastern U.S. more...
* The young leaves are sweet and very agreeable in salads. The cooked young shoots, harvested when about 5cm long, have a flavour similar to green peas but with a slight bitterness. This bitterness can be reduced by blanching the shoots as they appear from the ground. When pureed it is said to rival the best spinach purees. The leaves can also be finely chopped and added to salads. The leaves should be used before the plant starts to flower. more...
Silene vulgaris , Silene cucubalus 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. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ] .
Physical Characteristics  Silene vulgaris is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Lepidoptera, bees.The plant is not self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It cannot grow in the shade.It requires moist soil.
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Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov
Usda description:
More info on http://plants.usda.gov