Eryngium yuccifolium, Rattlesnake Master

Rattlesnake Master flowers

Slow to grow from seed, this yucca-like plant is quickly establishes from nursery-grown plants. Its blue-gray-green foliage is striking and unusual in a prairie setting as much as the garden. Remarkably tolerant of various soils, it can be grown as a perennial in home gardens as long as it receives a minimum of 5-6 hours of sun per day. 

Although native across southern to central Minnesota, the loss of prairie and other habitat have reduced Rattlesnake Master to a rarity in our state. The DNR lists it as a species of special concern. Our Rattlesnake Master is propagated from locally-sourced seed.

Blooms: white, July into September

Height: 3-4 feet

Conditions: sun, moist-medium to medium-dry

Rattlesnake Master's yucca-like foliage