Corn Cockle
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Corn Cockle
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Corn Cockle
Botanical name: Agrostemma githago    Family: Caryophyllaceae (dianthus family)

Corn Cockle is a hardy annual. This makes a great cottage garden selection. Grows to a height of 3 feet and bears large, soft pink flowers in the summer. The petals have black streaks. Fast growing plants with lance-shaped leaves will need support with stakes. The plant is toxic and has been known to cause poisoning in livestock and humans. Deadhead (remove faded flowers) to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds. This annual reseeds easily.
Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.
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