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corn cockle
Agrostemma githago L

Overview

Appearance
Agrostemma githago is an erect, annual herb with silky-haired and slender stems. It is native to Europe.
Foliage
The simple leaves are opposite. They are long, narrow and pointed at the tip.
Flowers
Flowers are held singly at the top of a long stalk with 5 pink to purple petals. Five pointed sepals extend past the edge of the flower. It blooms through the summer.
Fruit
The fruits of Agrostemma githago are capsules that each contain numerous black, pitted seeds.
Ecological Threat
Agrostemma githago has naturalized in North America. It is usually found in disturbed areas, cultivated grain fields and disturbed sites. Seeds of Agrostemma githago can be a contaminant of wheat, oats, and ground corn. Modern agricultural practices have reduced the populations of this plant.

Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Agrostemma

Other System Links

Plants: AGGI
Bayer: AGOGI
GRIN: 1917
ITIS: 20230
NPDN Pest: PAZABBA

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
common corncockle, cockle, corn cockle, corncockle, purple cockle

Categories

Category: Forbs/Herbs