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Silene latifolia (bladder campion; bladder-campion; White Campion)

Wikipedia Abstract

Silene latifolia (formerly Melandrium album), or White Campion, is a dioecious flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to most of Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa.
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Height [3]  24 inches (0.6 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Light Preference [4]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [4]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [4]  Intermediate
Soil Moisture [4]  Mostly Dry
Bee Flower Color [2]  Blue-Green
Flower Color [2]  White
Flower Type [3]  Dioecious
Hazards [3]  Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it does contain saponins. Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish;
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Lepidoptera
Structure [5]  Herb
Usage [3]  The root is used as a soap substitute for washing clothes etc; The soap is obtained by simmering the root in hot water.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Algonquin Provincial Park IV 1868802 Ontario, Canada
Banff National Park II 1690912 Alberta, Canada
Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve 90 Michigan, United States
Chippewa Nature Center   Michigan, United States    
Elk Island National Park II 47171 Alberta, Canada
Forillon National Park II 61010 Quebec, Canada  
Fundy National Park II 52716 New Brunswick, Canada
Georgian Bay Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Glacier National Park II 953799 Montana, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Jasper National Park II 2776809 Alberta, Canada
Kavkazskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 692723 Krasnodar, Karachay-Cherkessia, Adygea, Russia
Lake Superior Provincial Park IV 351011 Ontario, Canada
Magadansky Zapovednik 2332834 Russia  
Mount Revelstoke National Park Ia 18 British Columbia, Canada
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Pukaskwa National Park II 459860 Ontario, Canada
Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve II 762028 Manitoba, Canada
Rondeau Provincial Park II 5035 Ontario, Canada
Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site   New York, United States      
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  
Terra Nova National Park IV 125894 Newfoundland, Canada
Wapusk National Park II 2614324 Manitoba, Canada



Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)[6]
Carduelis carduelis (European Goldfinch)[6]
Caryocolum viscariella[7]
Columba oenas (Stock Dove)[6]
Dicyphus errans[6]
Fringilla coelebs (Common Chaffinch)[6]
Linaria cannabina (Common Linnet)[6]
Ophiomyia melandricaulis[8]
Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)[6]
Plectrophenax nivalis (Snow Bunting)[8]
Streptopelia turtur (European Turtle-Dove)[6]


Parasitized by 
Erysiphe buhrii[8]
Puccinia arenariae[8]
Puccinia behenis[8]


North America;



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Arnold SEJ, Faruq S, Savolainen V, McOwan PW, Chittka L, 2010 FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database — A Web Portal for Analyses of Flower Colour. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14287.
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
5Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
6Ecology of Commanster
7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
8Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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