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Yellow Rattle

Rhinanthus minor

Also known as

Corn Rattle, Hay Rattle, Penny Grass, Rattle Grass

Rhinanthus minor (spike) by Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Yellow Rattle

A yellow Rhinanthus minor flower with green leaves
A close up of some yellow Rhinanthus minor flowers in the grass
A close up of some yellow Rhinanthus minor blooms
A photo of Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle Overview

Rhinanthus minor is an annual species in the Orobanchaceae family. This plant produces characteristic pea-like, tubular yellow flowers which are surrounded by papery modified leaves with serrate toothed edges. It typically grows to around 30cm in height, producing branching stems with lance-shaped leaves. This wildflower is parasitic of grasses and because of this allows other wildflowers to grow which would otherwise be out-competed by grass.

How to propagate Yellow Rattle



Special features of Yellow Rattle

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Yellow Rattle

Wildflower/meadow, partly parasitic.

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