Silene latifolia, Lychnis alba, Lychnis vespertina, Melandrium album,
Silene alba, Silene pratensis, SE: Vitblära, DE: Weiße Lichtnelke,
NL: Avondkoekoeksbloem, UK: White Campion

Scientific name:  Silene latifolia Poir.
Synonym name:  Lychnis alba Mill., Lychnis vespertina Sibth., Melandrium album (Mill.) Garcke,
Silene alba (Mill.) E. H. L. Krause, Silene pratensis (Rafn) Godr. & Gren.
Swedish name:  Vitblära, Åkerlyst
German name:  Weiße Lichtnelke, Weiße Waldnelke, Weisse Waldnelke
Nederlandse naam:  Avondkoekoeksbloem
English name:  White Campion, Evening campion, Evening lychnis, White cockle
Plant Family:  Caryophyllaceae, Carnation family, Nejlikväxter

Sweden wildflowers and native plants

Life form:  Herbaceous annual
Stems:  Height 30–60 cm, erect, branched, short-haired, upper part with glandular hairs, but not sticky
Leaves:  Basal rosette of oval to lanceolate leaves 4-10 cm long, and when they get older, forked stems grow from these, with leaves in opposite pairs.
Flowers:  White flowers in clusters at top of stem.
Flowering Period:  June, July, August, September
Fruits:  Elliptic, yellowish brown capsule
Habitat:  Wasteland and fields, most commonly on neutral to alkaline soils.

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Silene, probably from Greek sialon, "saliva," referring to gummy exudation on stems, and/or named for Silenus, intoxicated foster-father of Bacchus (god of wine) who was covered with foam, much like the glandular secretions of many species of this genus.
latifolia, latus,"broad", and folius, "leaf"; hence, "broad leaf"
  • The standard author abbreviation Poir. is used to indicate Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755 – 1834), a French clergyman, botanist and explorer.
  • The standard author abbreviation Mill. is used to indicate Philip Miller (1691 – 1771), a Scottish botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Sibth. is used to indicate John Sibthorp (1758 – 1796), an English botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Garcke is used to indicate Christian August Friedrich Garcke (1819 – 1904), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation E. H. L. Krause is used to indicate Ernst Hans Ludwig Krause ( 1859 - 1942), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Rafn is used to indicate Carl Gottlob Rafn (1769 – 1808), a Danish Enlightenment scientist and civil servant.
  • The standard author abbreviation Godr. is used to indicate Dominique Alexandre Godron (1807 – 1880), a French physician and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Gren. is used to indicate Jean Charles Marie Grenier (1808 – 1875), a French botanist, professor of botany at the Faculty of Sciences at Besançon.

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