Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Agrostemma githago, 'Milas', Corncockle

Common Name: Corncockle

Genus: Agrostemma

Species: githago

Cultivar or Variety: 'Milas'

Characteristics of Plant
A plant that will bloom all during the spring and summer months. This is a plant well suited for a wildflower or cottage type garden look, although it does make a pretty border plant too.

The Corncockle flowers grow on a single stemmed plant,so make sure you have multiple plants about 6" apart.

With being a type of wildflower, Agrostemma githago does not need to be fertilized or use very little if you must. It performs well in most soils and once established is fairly drought tolerant.

The flowers which are a pale purplish-pink color make a good cutting flower, please note that this plant contains a toxic saponin that can effect the health and well-being of farm animals such as chickens, pigs, cows, so make sure it is planted away from where farm livestock may be feeding.

This plant is a re-seeder. Seed sown in early to mid fall will start blooming in the early spring, or you can start indoors ( 6 to 8 weeks before last frost), or direct sow once frosts are over and ground has warmed.

Shop seed from these EG member's stores.

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

Endangered Species


When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring
Early Fall
Mid Fall

Germination Temperature
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Days to Germination
7-10 days
10-14 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Height
2 - 4 feet

Plant Form


Flower Color
Lt. Purple

Nutritional Needs


Reproduces By

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness
Toxic to Farm Animals and Farm Livestock

Cutting Flower

Attractive to Wildlife

Additional Uses

(Image by starlight1153)
"Agrostemma githago 'Milas' .. Photo is copyrighted to Jonna Sudenius."
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(Image by starlight1153)
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