Corncockle - Agrostemma githago

Alternative names
Corn Cockle

Medium to tall, greyish, hairy, erect plant. Leaves narrow, lanceolate, pointed. Flowers pinky purple, 30 to 50 mm, with long leaf like sepals much exceeding the 5 petals, borne on long, slender stalks.

Identification difficulty

A weed of cornfields, occasionally in waste places.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but quite uncommon in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 2 of the 617 tetrads.

It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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