Yellow Rattle ‘Rhinanthus minor’ – Plugs available to pre-order for 2024 dispatch / Seeds available year-round

Also known as Hay Rattle. An annual root hemi-parasite that requires grass to grow, the plants here come supplied with fescues within the plug cells as host grasses. Yellow flowers, seeds rattle in inflated seed pods. Slows the growth of grass down substantially allowing both greater quantity and variety of wildflowers when used within a meadow. Plants are supplied from the middle-late of April onwards, however seed is available all year round. Plugs are best planted in groups of 3 after mowing grass. Please do not remove the grass out of the plugs. Ensure plugs are well firmed in. It is always better to plant directly into the ground and not pot on.

**Plugs now sold out for 2023.  You can place an order for plugs for the 2024 season which will be dispatched from April 2024 onwards.  Please be aware no more plugs will be dispatched in 2023.  Seeds however are available year-round.**

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An annual root hemi-parasite that requires grass to grow (sow into established grassland, or with grass seed). Yellow flowers, seeds rattle in inflated seed pods. Likes Sun.  Height once grown 7-30 cm. Flowers from May – July.  Needs a frost to germinate, and therefore must be sown in the Autumn/early Winter, (Aug – Dec inclusive).

When sowing into existing grassland ensure that the grass is mown down to about one inch and maintained at this level until about the start of April. Either tread or roll the area after sowing to ensure the seed is in contact with the soil.

Recommended sowing rate: 1g per square metre.

Additional information

Sun Preference

Full sun or partial shade

Soil Preference

Most Soils ok

Suitable for

Requires grass to grow, slows down grass growth to allow other wildflower species to grow through when used in a meadow

Attracts

Bees, Hoverflies and other pollinators

Flowering season

May to July

Flowering colour

Yellow

Eventual height

7cm-30cm

Species Type

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