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Rattlebox Crotalaria albida

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Phonetic Spelling
kroh-tuh-LAIR-ee-uh AL-bi-da
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Rattlebox is an annual or short-lived perennial plant in the Fabaceae (bean) family.  In its native habitat, it can be found growing in dry, deciduous and open forests, as well as in jungles and open grassland.  

It grows in the full sun in well-drained soils that range from moist to dry.  Being a legume, its roots fix nitrogen some of which is used by the plants but some of which can also benefit neighboring plants.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This genus is considered invasive in North Carolina.

 

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Tags:
#invasive#yellow flowers#high maintenance#fast growing#short lifespan#problem for horses#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#yellow flowers#high maintenance#fast growing#short lifespan#problem for horses#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crotalaria
    Species:
    albida
    Family:
    Fabaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical and Subtropical Asia and Australia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Legume
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Winter
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pea-like flowers form along the raceme. The back of the flowers have hairs.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Branches occur at the base of the stem occasionally along the stem.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy