Fabaceae Crotalaria, Rattlepod, Rattlebox, Sesbane, Coffeebean, Bladderpod, Danglepod.
Tall annual. Flowers are yellow / red and grow in showy clusters. Fruit is a long, flat seed pod that rattles when dried.
Only during drought conditions, unpalatable. Can be incorporated into hay.
The entire plant is toxic.
Yawning, weakness, jaundice of mucous membranes, lack of appetite, loss of coordination, aimless walking, chewing motions
Contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which cause liver failure, called “walking disease” or “sleepy staggers”. Can be fatal.
*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.