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Crotalaria Genus

Rattle-box

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Description

Crotalaria genus (Rattle-box). These are evergreen shrubs, perennials and annuals. There are around 600 species. It will produce leaves which are simple and have 3 leaflets. The racemes of flowers are green-yellow and small.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Origin

Africa's

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 5C and will require full light with well drained soil. For a more compact habit, cut back old stems by half after flowering.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites and whitefly may be troublesome.

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