* Calyx inflated and veined, suggesting a melon or a bladder.
* Petals white, deeply cleft.
* Leaves long-pointed, opposite on
* Height: 8-18".
* Flowers April - August.
* Habitat: Roadsides, fields.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced from Europe.
* Some of the many titles Massachusetts dwellers have given to Bladder
Campion include Behen (a corruption of the Arabic word for 'root'),
Devil's-Rattle-Box, Snappers, Fairy-Potatoes, Bird's-Eggs, and Cowbell.
* The spittle bug loves the Bladder Campion...so brushing up
against the plant could leave you with a portion of the insect's
* "The leaves boiled have something of the flavor of pease,
and proved of great use to the inhabitants of the island of Minorca
in the year 1685, when a swarm of locusts had destroyed the vegetation."
-William Withering, 1776