Corispermum declinatum is an erect, much-branched, annual plant that can grow from 15 - 50cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its seeds, which are used as a flavouring in gin.
Corispermum declinatum is a weed of cultivated fields, especially spring-sown grain crops[
E. Asia - southern Siberia, Mongolia, northern China
Sandy steppes and slopes; mostly in cultivated and old fields, sometimes completely smothering cereal crops[
]. Sandy wastelands, riversides, field margins and roadsides in northern China[
Requires a sunny position in a well-drained light to medium-textured soil[
The plant can act as a 'tumbleweed', the plant breaking off near ground level as the seeds ripen and then being blown by the wind, scattering the seeds as it goes[
The seed is used as a flavouring in gin[
Seed - probably best sown in situ in early to late spring