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Yellow Rattle

Seed Packet, Wildflower Plugs, 2023 seed (grams) - Free Delivery

Rhinanthus minor. Also known as Hay Rattle.

Yellow Rattle is a critical species for any successful wildflower meadow, it attaches itself to the root systems of numerous different grass species and slows down their growth rate. A reduction in the grass growth rate of 50% can be achieved using Yellow Rattle. This reduced grass growth allows much more space and opportunity within the meadow for a diverse range of wildflower species to establish.

Yellow Rattle plugs can be forward ordered for delivery in April 2024. We recommend a planting density of 10 plugs per square metre.

UPDATE 26/03/24: This year’s Yellow Rattle plugs have germinated very well. We will begin sending them on Tuesday 2nd April and orders will be processed in date order. Please be aware that new orders will be sent out mid to late April.

2023 harvest Yellow Rattle seed was harvested in early July 2023 and has now been thoroughly cleaned ready for sale, seeds will be sent out immediately. We recommend a sowing rate of 1g per square metre.

[Free delivery: 10g – £5.90, 20g – £9.60, 50g – £15.00, 100g – £24.00, 500g – £115.00, 1kg – £190.00, 2kg+ £178.00/kg. All include VAT at 20%]

Total: £ 0.00

Latin Name: Rhinanthus minor

Common Name(s): Yellow Rattle

Plant Type: Annual

Habitat: Damp Meadow, Sun





Flowering Time:

May - July

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Slows the growth of wildflower meadow grass and other vigorous grasses down substantially allowing both greater quantity and variety of wild flowers when used within a meadow.

Plants are supplied from the start of April on wards, however yellow rattle seed is available all year round. Yellow rattle plants are an annual root hemi-parasite that require grass to grow. The plant plugs here come supplied with fescues within the plug cells as host plant grasses. Yellow flowers, seeds rattle in inflated seed pods, hence the name ‘rattle’.

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 into soil surface. It is always better to plant directly into the ground and not pot on.

Yellow rattle seed advice sheet


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