Yellow Rattle

Here’s some photos of Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor), taken by Nic Cairns at Ecoworks Community Garden…..

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Yellow Rattle is semi-parasitic on the roots of other plants, obtaining some of its nutrient needs from them.  It’s useful in increasing the biodiversity of a grassland area, as it inhibits the growth of dominant grasses, thus allowing a variety of less-vigorous wildflower species to gain a foothold.  This is what is being attempted at Ecoworks, where Yellow Rattle seeds have been sown to help with establishment of a wildflower area.  The species has done well, and hopefully the diversity of the garden will benefit….

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