Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Corncockle - Agrostemma githago   L.
Members of Caryophyllaceae:
Only member of Agrostemma in NC.
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DistributionThrough most of the state, except scarce in the middle and outer Coastal Plain and uncommon in the Mountains.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. essentially throughout the US and southern Canada.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the Piedmont; uncommon to infrequent in the Mountains and Sandhills, but rare to uncommon in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, near abandoned homes, fields, disturbed soil.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationCorncockle grows mostly 1-2 feet tall (to rarely 3 feet tall) with pilose stems and well-spaced pairs of narrow, acuminate leaves. The flowers are solitary or few together, magenta to rosy pink and backed by 5 long sepals -- large and reminiscent of that of a Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). Each petal is slightly notched. It is one of the more attractive alien species in bloom in the state, and thankfully it seldom becomes an aggressive weed.
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