Corn cockle

Agrostemma githago

Corn cockle - Agrostemma githago

Common Name: Corn cockle
Genus: Agrostemma
Species: githago

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained


A beautiful magenta-purple annual wildflower once a common sight in cornfields. This summer-flowering corn cockle is perfect for naturalising in a sunny wildflower or cottage garden. Performing best in poor, well-drained soil the flowers are highly attractive to bees.

  • Garden Care: When sowing seeds do not use a fertiliser since wildflowers prefer poor soils. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In autumn cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.