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Common Name: Yellow Rattle
Rhinanthus minor is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
This plant might be poisonous to livestock[
Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain, W. Siberia and the Caucasus.
]. There are various sub-species that grow on basic or calcareous soils[
A semi-parasitic plant of grass, it can be grown in a meadow[
The plant is ophthalmic[
A bright yellow dye is obtained from the leaves[
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.