Silene Vulgaris - Bladder Campion
Commonly known as 'Bladder Campion' or 'Maidenstears', this perennial is native to Europe and widespread in North America.
Reaching up to around 60cm tall, the ovate leaves are slightly hairy, around 8cm long. Young shoots and leaves are edible and used in salads or other dishes throughout the Mediterranean.
The flowers are white, around 2cm across, with five petals affixed to an inflated calyx that so gives it its common name. Flowers bloom throughout the summer months, and are scented like cloves during the evenings, which attracts moths as pollinators.
Fully hardy to -15°C.