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)
Zones 3 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 48-60" tall (4-5 ft) , 24-26" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to late summer

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

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.

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Associated SKUsAM020079
AM020049 (Plant - 3" Pot) - Out of stock.
AM020050 (Tray of 16) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Rattlesnake Master
Botanical Name
Eryngium yuccifolium
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
48-60" tall (4-5 ft)
Mature Spread
24-26" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Rabbit Resistant
Additional Information
Difficult to transplant once established, due to extensive tap root.
2016 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America - United States
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

No longer available this season.

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