I’ve always liked Bladder Campion. The flowers, with their distinct inflated bladder, have always intrigued me. Aesthetically, this white flower is very pleasing to me.
Native to Europe, here in North America Bladder Campion is considered to be a weed. It grows easily in well-drained soils, and can be seen blooming along the side of many trails and in open fields throughout the summer.
It is likely a familiar sight to many, although you might not have gotten up close and personal to examine it. I can’t resist examining anything and everything in bloom when I go out for a walk or a hike. This drives Greg crazy sometimes as it has a tendency to slow us down.
I consider Bladder Campion to be a pretty wildflower. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture considers it to be a weed. I think it’s quite interesting how humans have grown to consider most plants that they have not planted themselves, and that they therefore do not consider to be useful, to be a nuisance plant, i.e. a weed.
To me, pretty flowers are useful just because they are pretty. They make me smile. Seeing them helps me relax. Plus I am sure that some animals benefit from their presence. They must be a source of food for something.
The leaves of Bladder Campion are considered to be edible and are harvested and consumed in some parts of Europe. The leaves are small, so I would think there is much work for small reward in harvesting these.
What is your favorite wildflower?