Agrostemma Githago – (Corn Cockle)
This is a very lovely flower, which fits well into the summer garden.
If you love the simple delicacy of wild flowers, this flower is a must have for you.
This is a very lovely old fashioned annual which used to grow freely in the rye fields in Britain, where it was introduced probably during the stone ages, from the continent in imported grains, but which now has all but vanished in the wild.
It is a very easy care flower which lends its simple charm to the garden front border. Its 3.5cm flowers are a soft mauve to deeper pinky purple with a white eye and they have a sheen on the petals which catch the sun. They are borne freely, surrounded by pointed sepals, on a fine,delicate looking plant which can reach 90cm tall. It is toxic to chickens and grazing animals.
It will gently set seed for you, but is ever a nuisance. If you love the simple delicacy of wild flowers, this flower is a must have for you.
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