Corncockle

Agrostemma githago

Importance

All parts of the plant, including the seeds, contain toxins which can be harmful (especially to livestock) if eaten in large quantities or ingested over a long period of time.

Becoming increasingly rare but widely sown in wild-flower mixtures in fields and margins.

Corncockle - young1. Primarily autumn-germinating with large coarse cotyledons approx. 30 mm long and 10 mm wide. Narrow linear leaves with grey hairs lying along the leaves. Upper leaves stalkless (sessile).
Corncockle - mature2. Large terminal purple-red flowers on long peduncles with long, slim, pointed sepals.