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Crotalaria spp.

Also known as


Crotalaria by English Wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


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Minimum temperature

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Rattlepod Overview

Crotalaria is a large genus in the Fabaceae family. It contains almost 700 herbaceous, subshrub and shrub species that produce pea-like, most often yellow, occasionally white or pink flowers. These are arranged on vertical, unbranched racemes where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. Commonly known as rattlepod or rattlebox, these species can grow up to 3m tall and are classified as xerophytes. Xerophytic species are adapted to survive in environments with little available water. These environments tend to be very cold, icy or snowy or desert habitats where water is locked up as ice or just not there and thus unusable by plants.

Common problems with Rattlepod

How to propagate Rattlepod


Cortalaria seeds possess a hard outer coating, impervious to water. To germinate, they require boiling water treatment or scarification. Seed is best sown in spring or autumn. Optimal temperature for germination is between 18-22°C.


Special features of Rattlepod

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Rattlepod

Grown for their flowers.