How and Where to grow Corncockle

The image is © How and where to grow Corncockle seed. The species is now extinct in cornfields and very rare in the wild. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it is a poisonous plant and not suitable to be in grain fields as it may contaminate the grain. Corncockle has a very attractive pink/mauve jewel like flower that is a good addition to a cornfield annual meadow. Because the plant is tall it needs to be grown up by a wall or fence or in a mixture of other annuals. Plant in a mix of Field Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile. A mix of these species gives you Blues, Yellow’s, Red’s and the Corncockle Mauve/Pink flower. (CWF1) You do not need to worry that it will contaminate nearby fields.  The large black seeds are not eaten by birds. They are also too heavy to be carried by the wind and generally fall around the existing plants. Cormcockle can be bought as seeds and generally establishes easily. As an annual, if in a meadow, it will probably only flower in the first summer. To get it flower again you would need to cultivate the ground in the autumn.

Growing Corncockle

How and Where to grow Corncockle Flowering Season              June-August Height                                   30-120 cm ( 1-4ft) Cultivations                        Corncockle is an annual. Sow in the soil where you want it to grow and cover very lightly. Sow in August -September  for flowers in June. Sow in early Spring, March-April, for flowers in July to August Availability Seed Packets Seed In bulk