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Agrostemma Genus

Corncockle

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Poor quality

Description

Agrostemma genus (Corncockle). This is a genus of summer flowering annuals, which contains the species Agrostemma githago, also known as the Corncockle.

The name of this genus comes from the Greek word 'agros' meaning 'field' and 'stemma' meaning 'crown or garland' possibly because the flowers were woven into head-dresses at harvest festivals.

Characteristics

Annuals, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

S Europe, Med.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will grow in a sunny position. The flowers do best in very well drained soil that is not very fertile. Support the flowers with sticks and dead-head to prolong flowering.

Propagation

By seed sown in spring or early autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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