Bladder Campion, Maidenstears Silene vulgaris
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Bladder Campion, Maidenstears
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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 ] .