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Silene

bladder campion common bladder catchfly Silene vulgaris cowbell maiden’s tearsIn 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). This native perennial is found on a wide range of well drained soils, usually on sites that have been subject to a degree of disturbance like rough pasture, roadside verges, waste land and the edge of arable fields. The flowers are open all day but their clove-like scent is only emitted in the evening attracting long tongued moths. The striking black and red froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) can often be found on Bladder campion.

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