Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Rattlesnake Master

Eryngium yuccifolium
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest, Savanna / Woodland, Glade
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Host, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

36 to
48
inches

Spread:

24 to
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 24 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Mass in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, native plantings, prairies or meadows.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun to medium sun in dry soil. Seldom reach over 5 ft except in landscape gardens!
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower, Dried Flower
Basic Description

Sword-shaped, medium green leaves are topped by clusters of round heads of greenish white, cone-shaped flowers. This very distinctive plant is an interesting cut flower and, according to Steyermark: “An infusion of the leaves and root of the plant was at one time believed to be an effective remedy in treating bites of rattlesnakes.”

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