Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) French name: Silène enflé or Claquet

Bladder Campion is one of my favourite wildflowers, its little plump body finished with delicate petals reminds me of a babies bonnet or one half of a pair of frilly bloomers.

Bladder campion


Bladder Campion is found throughout France on rough roadside verges, grassland and meadows and especially thrives on well-drained soils.

This is a delicate wildflower with slender 30-90cm stems and oval, pointed, greyish green waxy leaves. Behind the 5 white petals sits a pale green balloon-like body veined with dark green or red which gives the flower its common name.

The flowers of the Bladder Campion are open all day, but it is in the evening when it’s at its most alluring; emitting a clove-like scent which attracts long tongued moths such as the Hummingbird hawk-moth.


Bladder Campion Silene vulgaris French name: Silène enflé or Claquet
This pretty wildflower is filling the roadside verges where I live now, and will continue to grace their banks through to September.

A bientôt
Katherine x

'Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) French name: Silène enflé or Claquet' have 2 comments

  1. May 28, 2015 @ 8:55 pm Jane

    What an enchanting wildflower Katherine. I love your photos and description and to hear that it has a clove-like scent as well. Must be gorgeous!


  2. May 31, 2015 @ 8:10 pm elaine

    Such a pretty plant, so delicate looking and your description fits it perfectly.


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