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Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

Rattlesnake Master, Button Snakeroot, Rattlesnake's Master, Button Eryngo, Beargrass, Bear's Grass


Striking, Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) is an evergreen perennial with luminous clusters of small, egg-shaped flowerheads, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), tightly packed with tiny greenish-white flowers, subtended by white pointed bracts. Appearing at the top of smooth, stiff, branched stems in midsummer, they rise atop a basal rosette of sword-shaped, spiny-edged, yucca-like, blue-gray leaves. Once credited with the curative power of treating rattlesnake bite, Eryngium yuccifolium is commonly known as Rattlesnake Master. And don't worry, it doesn't attract rattlesnakes!

  • Easy to grow, low care, pest and trouble-free, this Eryngium lights up the garden until early fall. Its beautiful texture and unique color, coupled with its long-lasting flowering make it a favorite of gardeners! Bees, butterflies and beneficial pollinating insects love it too while deer and rabbit tend to dislike it.
  • Growing in clumps of stiffly erect, branched stems up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm), this perennial prefers full sun locations and enjoys dry, well-drained soils. Tolerates poor soils. Avoid planting in moist and fertile soils, where it will tend to sprawl and may require support. Drought tolerant
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders or naturalistic plantings, where the white flowerheads and blue-grey foliage will superbly complement the vibrantly colored summer flowers. Perfect for coastal gardens, cottage or city gardens.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to prevent undesired self-seeding.
  • Transplants poorly and is best left undisturbed once established.
  • Native to the Unites States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Eryngium - Sea Hollies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Eryngium - Sea Hollies
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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