Corn Cockle



Height: 1-3' (30-90cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Pink, white, mauve

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder)
Order: Caryophyllales (Pinks Order)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (Pinks Family)
Genus: Agrostemma (Corn Cockle)
Species: githago
Agrostemma githago

Agrostemma githago is a hardy annual, another of those former cornfield weeds now becoming popular as garden flowers, particularly for a cottage or wild garden. It has long, stiff stems, 1'-3' high, branching at the top, holding flowers with pink petals marked with darker lines, with the long stiff points of the calyx visible between the petals. Purple and white forms are also available.

Agrostemma can survive in poor soil with the minimum of attention and makes a useful cut flower.

The seeds of this plant are poisonous


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(7 days)

Seed Pod The seedpod is a capsule inside the long pointed calyx.

Seed The seeds are large black chips. There are many seeds in a pod.

Seedling The seedling is tough-looking, with pointed leaves.

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