Yellow Rattle Seeds - Rhinanthus minor - Wildflower
Yellow Rattle Seeds - Rhinahus minor
Approximate height: 25 to 50 cm
Flowering time: Summer.
Site and soil type: Needs to be planted with grass. Prefers full sun and well drained but moist soil.
Uses: Grown with grasses to suppress their growth
Also known as Corn Rattle, Hay Rattle and Penny Grass.
Yellow rattle is a semi-parasitic plant grown with grasses in wildflower meadows to suppress their growth and enable other wildflowers to grow.
Attractive is it's own right it has bright yellow hooded flowers and green slender leaves and is pollinated by bees, especially large bumble bees. When the seeds are ripe they rattle in their pods, hence the name.
Yellow Rattle must be sown during Autumn, ideally October to end of November, as it needs several months of cold to germinate.
If you are planting a new meadow then simply add the seed to the grass and flower seeds and sow in autumn into prepared soil.
If sowing into an existing lawn or meadow cut the grass as short as possible. Use a rake to remove any moss and dead grass, aim to have up to 50% bare soil.
Yellow Rattle seed does not need to be covered but must come into contact with soil so after sowing press it into the soil with your feet or a roller.
Can also be sown into plugs, for planting out as small plants. You can allow these to grow into larger plants before planting if you sow some grass seed with the yellow rattle seed.
The seedlings should appear in spring.
Contents: Approximately 0.66g / 200 seeds
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