Monday, June 10, 2013

Random Photo: Bladder Campion

This is bladder campion, also known as white campion or white cockle. You may have seen it along roadsides or in fields and pastures, embankments, woods, gardens . . . it pretty much grows everywhere. By everywhere, I mean nearly all of the States (Hawaii and southernmost states being an exception) and throughout Canada--even as far north as Alaska. Some categorize it as a noxious weed rather than as a wildflower. The flowers open at dusk, attracting night-flying moths, and remain open only until about 9am, so that they may look withered during the day. They are a fragrant flower that bloom from May into October.


Alice Audrey said...

Interesting that they DON'T like it too hot.

I'm not sure if I've seen much of it around or not. I'll have to start paying attention to the white flowers as well as the yellow ones.

Heather said...

Alice: They can be found in MT, but how prolific they are in your area probably depends on the soil.

And now I'm curious as to the "yellow ones..."