Aug. 2, 2021

corn-cockle, Agrostemma githago

Is it easy to imagine corn-cockle growing in cottage gardens in years past? Corn-cockle gets about two feet tall, with single flowers up to two inches across. It was indeed planted in gardens, but more often took advantage of cultivated fields. In this case corn is the British word for wheat. Corn-cockle has traveled the world, following our agricultural expansion. But now we have betrayed corn-cockles with winter wheat planting schedules and better weed control and seed cleaning. Corn-cockle seems to have become rare, even to the extent that it was believed to have been extirpated in England. With us corn-cockle has been reported from every state except AZ, HI, NV, and UT, and from MB, NB, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Beal Gardens, MSU, 5/28/12. Pink family, Caryophyllaceae.