Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Margery Melgaard

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Caryophyllaceae
Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke
bladder-campion, maiden's-tears
Silene: probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
vulgaris: Latin for "common"
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-32" tall, robust, mostly smooth forb
Flower: white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, stalked, 3 styles; sepals tubular, rounded at the base, inflated in time, papery, hairless with pinkish lines; petals deeply 2-lobed; inflorescence open, with many flowers and branches; blooms June-Oct.
Leaf:mostly only on the stem, often clasping
Habitat: disturbed sites

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