Wild Flower Species

How and Where to grow Corncockle

Posted on January 24, 2017

Corncockle ( Agrostemma Githago)

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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.

Because the plant is tall it needs to be grown up by a wall or fence or in a mixture of other annuals. It does particularly well in a mix of Field Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile.

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

 

Availability

Seed Packets

Seed In bulk


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Where & How to Grow Kidney Vetch ( Anthyllis Vulneraria)

Posted on June 3, 2016

Kidney Vetch

Kidney Vetch is a pretty Perennial plant which has large rounded flower-heads. The flowers are generally yellow. If growing near the sea the flowers can sometimes be from cream to crimson. The leaves are pale and silky.

It is a very attractive and beneficial plant to wildlife. It is a very rich source of nectar .This brings bees to its flower heads. Some Butterflies lay their eggs on the plant making it the main source of food for their caterpillars.

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Flowering Season:   June to September

Site:                          Likes Sunny places and seaside gardens

Soil Type:                  Well drained soil will tolerate poor fertility

Height:                     24 to 30 cm

 

Kidney Vetch Plug Plants


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