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Bladder Campion by Andy

 Bladder Campion (Silene Vulgaris)

I photographed this attractive white petaled flower on the chalk hill downs of Farley Mount in Hampshire. Bladder Campion can be found in meadows, fields and along hedgerows,  it flowers from May to September. It gets its name from the inflated bladder-like calyx behind the white flowers. The fragrant flowers are a food source for butterflies, long-tongued bees and other insects which also pollinate the flowers. Cultivated plants can be brought in garden centres in the UK as the flowers are popular with gardeners. It is also collected for the leaves and sold in Spain as a popular vegetable. Common throughout the UK.