Scientific NameSilene alba
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Plants germinate in spring and grow through summer. Flowers occur from mid summer until frost. Plants grows erect and stems are covered with short and soft hairs.
Leaf shape is variable, and can be relatively broad and elliptical or lanceolate and oval-shaped. The leaves are approximately 1.25.
Has hairy, opposite leaves and lobed, bladder-like flowers.
Flower Seed Head
The flowers of the white campion occur mostly in clusters, with the individual flowers being split and having around 5 white petals. Flowers consist of a bladder-like base with prominent veins that are constricted near the tip where it is ringed by 5 white petals that are parted in a V shape.
The seed is an ovular capsule with 10 teeth. Seed pods turn brown and persist through the winter. Each seed pod contains hundreds of tiny brown seed.
White campion occurs along roadsides, fence rows, and in disturbed fields.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval