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Bladder Campion
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Silene cucubalus

Description: The most distinct characteristic of the Bladder Campion is its "balloonlike" flower, as described by the Peterson's Guide. The bulging part of the flower is called the veined calyx sac and is typically pink and white.

Leaf: The leaves are 20-25cm (8-10 inches) long, and grow typically opposite of each other up the stalk. Both the leaf and stem are smooth and are green.

Habitat: Bladder Campions grow all over the place in dry soil: on roadsides, edges of fields, and even in waste places.

Location: By Rachel Gould's house in Peru, Massachusetts and along the edge of the Brandeis Practice field by the Commuter Rail.

Use: The leaves are good as a cooked green (Boil for about 10 minutes). If eaten uncooked, the leaves will taste bitter due to a small and harmless amount of toxin saponin.