Rhinanthus minor (Yellow Rattle)

Yellow Rattle is the key to success with any wild flower meadow or area of grass. It is parasitical on grasses and so weakens them, thereby giving wild flowers a chance to compete and gradually establish themselves. More
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Yellow Rattle is the key to success with any wild flower meadow or area of grass. It is parasitical on grasses and so weakens them, thereby giving wild flowers a chance to compete and gradually establish themselves.

Rather than going to the hassle of removing the topsoil, this is what I've used in my new mini wild flower meadow at Perch Hill. Sow it fresh in the autumn, straight into scarified patches of bare earth and then let it self-sow. Full sowing and mowing instructions will be sent with your order.

  • 400 seeds is enough to cover 2.5m x 1m, or equivalent area
  • Seed of UK origin

Genus Rhinanthus minor
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Yellow Rattle
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained, Moist but Well-drained
Height 15-50cm (6-20in)
Spacing No thinning necessary.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow it fresh in the autumn, straight into scarified patches of bare earth and then let it self sow from one year to the next.
Care Tips Create gaps of soil for the seeds to germinate in. You can easily eliminate or reduce Yellow Rattle if necessary by mowing before it's set seed. Well-managed grassland of low - medium fertility. Will struggle in overgrown or tussocky grassland.
Flowering June - September, the year after sowing.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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