Silene vulgaris

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Silene vulgaris
Bladder Campion.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Subfamily: Caryophylloideae
Genus: Silene
Species: S. vulgaris
Binomial name
Silene vulgaris
(Moench) Garcke

Oberna behen (L.) Ikonn.
Silene cucubalus Wibel
Silene inflata Sm.

Manchego cuisine; chickpea and Silene vulgaris stew. (Potaje de garbanzos y collejas)

Silene vulgaris, the bladder campion[1] or maidenstears,[2] is a plant species of the genus Silene of the pink family (Caryophyllaceae). It is native to Europe, where in some parts it is eaten, but is widespread in North America where it is considered a weed.[3][4][5]


The young shoots and the leaves may be used as food in some countries of the Mediterranean region.[6] The tender leaves may be eaten raw in salads. The older leaves are usually eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes.

Crete & Cyprus[edit]

In Crete it is called Agriopapoula (Αγριοπάπουλα) and the locals eat its leaves and tender shoots browned in olive oil.[7]

In Cyprus it is very widely eaten, so much that it has, since some years, come back into being cultivated and sold in shops in bunches. Two of the common Cypriot names are Tsakrostoukkia and Strouthouthkia (στρουθούθκια).


in Italy the leaves of this plant may be used also as an ingredient in risotto. It is commonly known as sculpit, stridolo, or by the obsolete scientific name Silene inflata, as well as sciopentin in Veneto, and nenkuz in Friuli.

Spain (La Mancha)[edit]

Formerly in La Mancha region of Spain, where Silene vulgaris leaves are valued as a green vegetable, there were people known as "collejeros" who picked these plants and sold them. Leaves are small and narrow, so it takes many plants to obtain a sizeable amount.

In La Mancha the Silene vulgaris leaves, locally known as "collejas", were mainly used to prepare a dish called gazpacho viudo (widower gazpacho). The ingredients were flatbread known as tortas de gazpacho and a stew prepared with Silene vulgaris leaves.[8] Other dishes prepared with these leaves in Spain include "potaje de garbanzos y collejas", "huevos revueltos con collejas" and "arroz con collejas".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bladder Campion, Prov. of Ontario
  2. ^ "Silene vulgaris". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Bladder Campion, Prov. of Ontario
  4. ^ Bladder Campion, Prov. of Alberta
  5. ^ Bladder Campion, Prov. of Manitoba
  6. ^ Fernald, Merritt Lyndon; Alfred Charles Kinsey; Reed C. Rollins (1996). "Bladder-Campion, Maiden's Tears, Snappery, Silene Cububalis (or latifolia)". Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America. New York City: Dover Publications. pp. 193–194. ISBN 0-486-29104-9. OCLC 33666218. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  7. ^ Kleonikos G. Stavridakis , Κλεόνικος Γ. Σταυριδάκης (2006). Wild edible plants of Crete - Η Άγρια βρώσιμη χλωρίδα της Κρήτης. Rethymnon Crete. ISBN 960-631-179-1. 
  8. ^ Gazpacho viudo recipe

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