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Rhinanthus minor - L.

Common Name Yellow Rattle, Little yellow rattle, Arctic rattlebox
Family Scrophulariaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards This plant might be poisonous to livestock[200].
Habitats Grassland[17]. There are various sub-species that grow on basic or calcareous soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, W. Siberia and the Caucasus.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle, Little yellow rattle,  Arctic rattlebox


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Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle, Little yellow rattle,  Arctic rattlebox
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Rhinanthus minor is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Ophthalmic

The plant is ophthalmic[100, 172].

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Other Uses

Dye

A bright yellow dye is obtained from the leaves[100].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A semi-parasitic plant of grass, it can be grown in a meadow[200].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest either sowing the seed in situ in a lawn or meadow or, if seed is in short supply, sowing it in a pot of turf in a cold frame. It is probably best to sow as soon as the seed is ripe but a spring sowing can also be tried.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Dan Trotter   Thu Nov 17 2005

Marshall Agroecology Limited Methods to diversify field margin plant communities. Sponsor: DEFRA Countryside Management Division.

Kathy Kalafat   Wed Sep 26 2007

Yellow Rattle is useful when establishing wild flower meadows. If planting wild flower plugs into existing grass, success is improved by reducing immediate competition while the wild flower establishes itself. This can be achieved by raking Yellow Rattle seed (Rhinanthus minor) into the grass in spring or autumn. This is a semi-parasite on grass and once established it will reduce the vigour of the original grass by up to 50%. All ancient meadows have this plant.

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