Yellow rattle is a parasitic plant that draws much of its energy from the roots of grasses. This weakens the grass, making it easier for flowering plants to compete. I’m using it in this orchard in combination with strimming to control vigorous grasses such as Yorkshire fog. Strimming the grass and removing the cutting, help remove nutrients from the soil, this favours less vigorous grasses that wildflowers can compete with more easily such as sweet vernal grass, sheep’s fescue and crested dog’s-tail.
Yellow rattle is also a great source of nectar for bees.