Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom Color: Green or White
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested Uses: Rattlesnake Master is an unusual and very interesting addition to the flower garden or restoration project. They make a great conversation piece in any garden. The flowers or seed heads add a lot of interest to the fresh or dried flower bouquet! Deer resistant. Great for use in heavy clay soils.
Native Range: Native to the Lower Midwest and the South. Native to southeastern Minnesota. It was included in early prairie reconstructions in southwestern Minnesota and can occasionally be found growing there too.
Pollinators: Butterflies, moths, soldier beetles and bees. These are an important, high-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flowers: The flower heads are spherical, 3/4″ in diameter, and have a honey-like odor.
Leaves: The clasping leaves are 3′ long and have soft thorns along the edge.
Name: “Eryngium” is derived from Greek for “prickly plant” but they are not prickly. “Yuccifolium” refers to the leaves which resemble those of Yucca plants, native to the hot, dry desert regions of the Americas.
More information: USDA plant profile