Agrostemma githago ‘Corncockle’ Framed Vintage Floral Botanical Print


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Presenting an original vintage botanical print by Elsa M. Felsko, renowned for lifelike depictions of flowers and plants, capturing the intricate beauty of nature with remarkable precision. Each print is professionally framed in an elegant gold frame and floated on a lush green mat.

Print size: 9.5 x 6.5 in (24 x 16.5 cm)

Frame size: 18 x 15 in (45 x 38 cm)

Agrostemma githago, commonly known as corn-cockle or corncockle, is an herbaceous annual plant belonging to the pink and carnation family Caryophyllaceae. It exhibits several distinctive features that characterize its appearance and ecological role.

Growing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall, corn-cockle sports lanceolate leaves and slender pink flowers measuring up to 5 cm (2.0 in) in diameter. The plant’s stem and its few branches terminate in single deep pink to purple flowers. Flowering typically occurs from May to September.

Each petal of corn-cockle bears two or three discontinuous black lines, adding to its visual appeal. The sepals, which are narrow and pointed, exceed the petals in length and are joined at the base to form a rigid tube with ten ribs. Leaves are pale green, opposite, narrowly lanceolate, and range from 45 to 145 mm (1.8–5.7 in) in length. The plant produces seeds in a many-seeded capsule.

Corn-cockle has been associated with European agricultural landscapes for at least 4,000 years, earning it the generic name “”garland of fields.”” Glasshouse studies have shown that wheat plants grown in the presence of corn-cockle produce more leaves, stems, and grain than those grown alone. Various historical accounts document its presence in agricultural landscapes and its impact on rural populations. Despite its toxicity and historical associations with agricultural problems, corn-cockle continues to be recognized as a distinctive and visually striking component of natural and agricultural landscapes.

Felsko’s dedication to both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy makes her work coveted by botanical enthusiasts, interior decorators, or anyone seeking to infuse their space with the beauty of nature. Each print measures approximately 24 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6.5 in), and is framed with generous matting adding depth and dimension to the artwork. with an overall frame size of 18 x 15 inches (approximately 45 x 38 cm.)

Elsa Maria Felsko-Schülke (1908 Berlin – 1987 Berlin) was a famed German flower painter and botanist. She studied graphics and design at the Textile School in Berlin, and studied botanical illustration at the University of Göttingen under the botanist Robert Pilger. She initially worked as a botanical illustrator at the University of Göttingen and later for Robert Pilger at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem.

This is an original vintage print, not a copy or reproduction. Please note all sales are final!