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PlantFiles: White Campion, White Cockle
Silene latifolia

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Silene (sy-LEE-nee) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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May be a noxious weed or invasive
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative plant_it On May 23, 2012, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

If I lived in Europe, I'd rate it a positive. But in the U.S., negative. White Campion is native to most of Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa. It is now widely distributed throughout North America. In the U.S., it's a non-native invasive species. Non-native species invade ecosystems and destroy habitat and food source for native insects, birds and other wildlife.

White Campion is a herbaceous annual, occasionally biennial or a short-lived perennial plant. Despite the wide array of conditions in which campion can thrive, it prefers sunny areas that have rich and well-drained soil.

The appearance depends on the age of the plant; when young they form a basal rosette of oval to lanceolate leaves 4-10 cm long, and when they get older, forked stems grow from these, with leaves in opposite pairs. The flowers grow in clusters at the tops of the stems, 2.5-3 cm diameter, with a distinctive inflated calyx and five white petals, each petal deeply notched; flowering lasts from late spring to early autumn. The entire plant is densely hairy.

Also known as Bladder Campion.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Valparaiso, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky

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