Friday, August 10, 2007

Flower Fest - W for White Silene

Originally a native of Europe, I found these teeny white campions on a cold late summer morning in Tiny Town, Colorado, which is at about 8500 ft in altitude. It can be an invasive weed, depending on where it is found.

White campion or silene latifolia has male and female plants. Below is a female plant with female flowers.

And, the plant to the left in the picture below is a male plant with flowers.

White campion contains saponins which are toxic but since they are poorly absorbed by our body, they don't cause much harm. When the root is simmered in hot water, it can be used as a soap substitute for washing clothes.

The plant grows up to 3ft in height and the flowers are between 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. It flowers between June and September.

Flower Fest - the A-Z of FlowersThis is my entry for the letter W in the Flower Fest - the A - Z of Flowers.

Flower Fest is the brainchild of Nature & Me and Sree. Every two weeks, the focus will be on a letter of the English alphabet. The current letter is V. I am submitting photographs of flowers as my entries.

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Vania August 10, 2007 12:43 PM  

hi...I just stopped here and I want to say that you have nice blog with beautiful pics!


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