Common Corn Cockle
|This cheerful roadside weed with big purple flowers has a checkered history. It once flourished around farm fields, but the leaves, flowers, and seeds are all poisonous if eaten. To keep the seeds out of grain harvests, farmers all but wiped out the Corn Cockle with herbicides. Now it has found a new life brightening country gardens and meadows. The wispy, grass-like leaves and colorful blooms are also attractive when massed in mixed borders. The flowers attract bees, and their long, thin but sturdy stems make them good cut flowers. Give it well-drained, but not too fertile soil, and full sun. Remove dead flowers to promote blooming. Sow seeds in spring, or in mild winter climates, sow in the fall for winter color. Considered an annual, but will overwinter if tied to stakes for support.
This variety has the showiest 3-inch blossoms, deep purplish pink with purple streaks and a white eye.
Attributes - Agrostemma githago
Plant Type: Biennial
Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Cut Flowers, Drought Tolerant, Poisonous, Showy Flowers.