Common Name: Corn cockle
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Purple, Red|
|Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/Silver||Flowering 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.