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Yellow-rattle (Rhinanthus minor) growing in the Meadow at National Museum Cardiff. Yellow-rattle is an important species in meadow formation as it is a semi-parasitic plant that steals food from grass. The roots of the yellow-rattle attach to grass roots and take nutrients from the grass, reducing its growth and allowing other meadow plants to grow. Wildflower meadows are usually made up of a combination of grasses and flowers. They provide excellent habitat for lots of animals, especially pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Please scroll through to see all the images. This item is part of the Urban Meadow Teaching Resource for Foundation and Key Stage 2.

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