An crucial pre-cursor to the established order of any wild flower meadow. The plant is hemi-parasitic gaining its nutrients from its own roots, but notably from adjacent grasses and thus weakening them, increasing biodiversity by restricting grass growth and thereby allowing other species to thrive. The plant reaches 25-50 cm tall, with opposite, simple leaves, with serrated margins and attractive yellow flowers. The varieties name comes from the seed pods which rattle when ripe.
Must be broadcast sown on an area with established grasses which have recently been cut short and the skin scarified. Sowing rates 0.5gm to 1gm per m2.
That is an annual subsequently highest sown in late autumn or early spring before the last frost.
The grassed area must not be mown / cut until the seed pods have dried in late summer. That is an annual and a late summer cut is had to spread the seed for the next year.
Professional DEFRA licenced (07274) Quality Seed Supply only – Minimal packaging – Ziplock labelled bags.