Agrostemma githago ‘Milas’

Height: 60-90cm (2-3ft)

Planting distance: 15cm (6in)

Features: flowers mid summer

Soil: ordinary or poor

Site: open, sunny

Type: hardy annual

Corncockle has a delicate appearance that belies its hardy constitution as a tough cornfield weed. One of the most popular varieties is Agrostemma githago ‘Milas’.

Tolerating poor soil, it is an excellent cottage garden plant, with large flowers on tall slender stems, and long, narrow leaves. Crow corncockles en masse among other annuals and biennials. They make good cut flowers.

Popular variety ‘Milas’ has delicate pink flowers deepening in colour towards the edge, and grows 60-90cm (2-3ft) high. (Warning: the seed and plants can be poisonous if eaten.)

Cultivation

Sow in an open, sunny site in their flowering position in spring or autumn in ordinary or poor soil. Thin to 15cm (6in) apart when the seedlings are strong enough to handle. Deadhead to prevent less vigorous self-sown seedlings growing. Don’t disturb roots.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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