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Rattlesnake Master

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If you’re looking for a unique native pollinator plant, Rattlesnake Master is a must-have for your garden or meadow. It features fabulous architecture, yucca-like blue-green foliage, and masses of spiky white flowerheads that are teeming with bees and butterflies from late spring to late summer. Exceptional drought tolerance and deer and rabbit resistance make for the perfect low-maintenance perennial. (Eryngium yuccifolium)
key features
Botanical Name
Eryngium yuccifolium
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Mass Plantings, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
48-60" tall (4-5 ft)
Mature Spread
24-26" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer


Rattlesnake Master is a distinctive perennial that produces dense, thistle-like flowerheads. Tall flower stalks are highly branched, each bearing dozens of spherical flower clusters packed with tiny white florets. Spiky seed heads follow blooms, adding interest into the winter. The Xerces Society recognizes Rattlesnake Master as a plant of special value for native bees. Flowers attract long-tongued and short-tongued bees, wasps, butterflies, skippers, and beetles. Rattlesnake Master is native to prairies throughout the eastern United States, from Maryland to Minnesota and south to Texas. It grows in diverse habitats from open, sandy woods to limestone glades and tolerates a variety of soils, however, good drainage is essential. Too much water or overly rich soil makes this plant flop. Due to a deep taproot, plants prefer not to be transplanted once established. Plant them in full sun and dry, well-drained soils in pollinator gardens, meadows, and rock gardens.