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Corn Cockle

June 23rd, 2016

Cropping up in the waste area in the nursery is the Corn Cockle weed (Agrostemma githago) which has appeared out of nowhere. Seed could have been dropped by a bird or blown here on the wind, who knows?

It use to be a very common weed of the countryside and arable fields but has become quite a rare plant to find. As can be seen , it has lots of stunning pinkie-blue flowers on two ft stems. one disadvantage of it is that it is quite toxic if eaten, not what you want in a field of wheat. Other than that it would seem to be a great plant to sow into those poor dryish soils

May be a weed but still a stunner

May be a weed but still a stunner

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