Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Bladder Campion - Silene vulgaris   (Moench) Garcke
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Author(Moench) Garcke
DistributionMostly in the Mountains; also Rockingham, Wake, Edgecombe, and New Hanover counties.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout most of Canada south to GA, AR, AZ, CA.
AbundanceUncommon to locally common in the northern and central Mountains, rare elsewhere.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, pastures, railroad margins, barnyards.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationBladder Campion is distinctive in its inflated (globular at maturity) calyx that can be pale green but is often a soft pink and mottled with little white patches (or alternatively, dark red lines). The petals are white and deeply cleft. This is a very conspicuous plant when in bloom, especially if the plants have a mottled pink calyx.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly named as S. cucubalus.

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