Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

Crotalaria calycina

Rattlepod 

Fabaceae

 

Crotalarias are a group of herbs or small shrubs which are commonly known as ‘Rattlepods”, because the seeds,
when ripening, become loose in the pods and rattle in the wind
There are some 30 species indigenous to Australia with numerous others which have become roadside or pasture weeds
They are not widely cultivated, due no doubt to the fact that they tend to perform like weeds,
growing quickly and colonising areas in a similar manner to most weeds
Most species, however, have very attractive pea-flowers which are very colourful, albeit for a short time only
Several species are known to be toxic to grazing animals and this could be another reason for t
heir reputation as undesirable
Propagation is usually from treated seed