The Q&A Archives: Flower Identification

Question: While going through a trunk full of family keepsakes and records we discovered some pen and ink art work done by my GGGGrandfather. He made a detailed drawing of 2 different flowers. AGROSTHEMMA and GALLIOPSIS. I have not been able to find any information on either one of these and was wondering if you are familiar with them and could give me some information on them and where I could find seeds.

Answer: Agrostemma is the common Corn Cockle, an annual or biennial (depending upon your winter weather), that grows to about 3 feet high with 4-inch long leaves, and flowers that are 3 inches in diameter, deep purplish pink lined and spotted with deep purple and centered with a white eye. These plants grow along roadsides and all parts of the plant are poisonous if consumed. Corn Cockle seeds are not widely available; they're considered weeds in many parts of the country. Galeopsis is the Hemp Nettle, a weed that naturalizes in waste places.While the flowers of both these plants are attractive, the plants themselves are weedy.

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