Corncockle ( Agrostemma Githago)
Corncockle is now extinct in cornfields and very rare in the wild. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it is a poisonous plant and not suitable to be in grain fields as it may contaminate the grain.
Corncockle has a very attractive pink/mauve jewel like flower that is a good addition to a cornfield annual meadow.
A mix of these species gives you Blues, Yellow’s, Red’s and the Corncockle Mauve/Pink flower. (CWF1)
You do not need to worry that it will contaminate nearby fields. The large black seeds are not eaten by birds. They are also too heavy to be carried by the wind and generally fall around the existing plants.
Flowering Season June-August
Height 30-120 cm ( 1-4ft)
Cultivations Corncockle is an annual. Sow in the soil where you want it to grow and cover very lightly.
Sow in August -September for flowers in June. Sow in early Spring, March-April, for flowers in July to August