Syn.: Githago segetum Link., Lychnis githago (L.) Scop.
Family: Caryophyllaceae Juss.
Agrostemma githago
Distribution: This plant is probably native to the eastern Mediterranean region, now naturalized in almost all Europe, and other continents.
Ecology: It grows as weed in grain fields, in rubble, in lower altitudes. It was formerly more abundant, at present it is a rare species. Blooms from June to August.
Description: An annual herb with an erect and branched stem, 30–100 cm tall. The basal leaves are oblanceolate, cauline leaves linear-lanceolate, entire. The flowers are solitary, with five lobes, corolla red-purple. The fruit is a capsule.
Threat and protection: The Corn Cockle is an endangered species in some countries (CZ, SK).
Note: The seeds are poisonous.
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Photos: 1. 8. 2003 (fruit) and 29. 6. 2004 (flower).

Distribution of species in the Czech Republic:
Agrostemma githago