Agrostemma githago L.

Agrostemma githago plant

Family - Caryophyllaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Agrostemma githago stemStem.

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Agrostemma githago leaves

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Agrostemma githago calyxCalyx.

Agrostemma githago flower

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Fallow and cultivated fields, waste ground, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This species can be found scattered throughout Missouri. The plant is toxic and has been known to cause poisoning in livestock and humans.
Agrostemma is easy to ID in the field because of its sericeous stems and leaves and its bright pinkish flowers.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-24-03.