Yellow Rattle

The Yellow Rattle is a common flower with a wide range across Europe and Asia.  It grows to about 45 cm in height and can be found in a variety of ground and can often be found amoungst the orchid species in many of our grassland flower meadows.

The species gets its name from the seed head pods that are produced after the flowers have died back.  The sund of the seeds "ratling" in their pods can be heard in the breeze as you walk past the plants on a windy day.

Above is the Yellow Rattle in flower and a close up of the flower head which dies back to form the "rattle".  When the flowers dry back, eventually all that is left is the pods on the stem.  The image below shows the flower begining to turn from a flower head to the rattle pod stage.