Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

A perennial plant growing to 0.6m (2ft) high, showing white flowers with a bladder-like inflated calyx from May to August. The young shoots and leaves are edible and can be eaten raw in salads or cooked (much like spinach). Leaves should be used before the plant starts to flower as they become bitter and tough by this point. The roots of the Bladder Campion contain saponins and on boiling, will release a soap-like substance that can be used for washing clothes/hair etc. A great plant for attracting pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hoverflies. Its scent is released in the evening making it attractive to moths.


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