Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke subsp. vulgaris
Behen vulgaris MoenchCucubalus behen L.Cucubalus inflatus Salisb.Silene cucubalus WibelSilene inflata (Salisb.) Sm.Silene vulgaris (Moench) Garcke
bird's eggs, bladder campion, blue root, bubble-poppy, cobwell, devil's rattlebox, maiden's tears, maidenstears, rattlebox, rattleweed, sea pink, snappery, white bottle, white hen
Native to northern Africa (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), the Azores, the Madeira Islands, the Canary Islands, Europe, western Asia (i.e. Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan), Russia, Mongolia, China and the Indian Sub-continent (i.e. northern India, Nepal and Pakistan).
Widely naturalised, but scattered, in southern Australia (i.e. in some parts of New South Wales, in Victoria and Tasmania, in south-eastern South Australia and in south-western Western Australia). Also present in other parts of South Australia, and sparingly naturalised in south-eastern Queensland and the ACT.
Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris subsp. vulgaris) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. It was also recently listed as a priority environmental weed in at least one Natural Resource Management region.