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Crotalaria sagittalis - Rattlebox - 50 Fresh Seeds

Crotalaria sagittalis - Rattlebox - 50 Fresh Seeds


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Crotalaria sagittalis - Rattlebox - 50 Fresh Seeds

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Crotalaria sagittalis - Rattlebox

This is a listing for a pack of 50 seeds.

This is a native of the Eastern half of the USA.

This wildflower is a short lived perennial about 15 - 30 cm tall that branches occasionally. The stems are light green with alternate leaves that are 2 - 4 cm long and about one-third as much across; they are elliptic to oblong, flat, and smooth along their margins. Both the upper and lower sides are hairy. The upper surface is medium green, while the lower surface is gray-green. Each leaf has a single central vein that is prominent.

Occasionally, racemes of 1-4 flowers are produced oppositely from some of the leaves. The peduncle (central stalk) of each raceme is 1½–4" long, while the short pedicels of the flowers are about  3 mm long (except the pedicel of the terminal flower, which is often longer). Both peduncles and pedicels are hairy. At the base of each raceme, there is a pair of large persistent stipules about 1 cm long. These stipules are joined together, becoming gradually wider toward their pointed tips. Individual flowers are about 1 cm long; they have a typical pea-like flower structure: the yellow petals form an upright banner and a projecting keel that is enclosed by a pair of lateral wings. Each calyx is light green and covered with long hairs; it has five long teeth. The blooming period occurs from mid-summer to early autumn for about 2-3 months.

Usually, only a few (if any) flowers are in bloom at the same time. The flowers are replaced by inflated seedpods that are short-oblongoid in shape. The seedpods are initially light green, but they later turn dark brown or black at maturity. Full-sized seedpods are 3 - 4cm  long and about 1/3 as much across; each seedpod contains several seeds, which can rattle if it is shook. The seeds are distributed in part by the wind, which can blow the inflated seedpods across open ground. The root system consists of a taproot, from which it may emerge annually where the plant successfully over-winters This wildflower reproduces by reseeding itself.

Full instructions can be downloaded from my website, details of which are on my 'Me' page

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Variety Crotalaria
Type Seeds
Condition New
Sub-Type Perennials

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