Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) may look like it belongs in the dry southwest, but it actually grows in the prairies and meadows of the Eastern US! This perennial boasts small white flowers that are packed together in a globe. The result is a perfectly circular bloom that is bursting with texture! Each flowerhead has over 100 flowers packed together, and each stalk can have up to 40 flowerheads on it, making this truly a feast for pollinators.
The flowers may not be the showiest, but that's because they don't need to be. Pollinators already adore Rattlesnake Master - no colorful petals required. They attract a variety of bees, butterflies, moths, and even beetles. It serves as a host plant for the nearly endangered Eryngium Stem-Borer Moth. Try planting it with echinaceas for an incredible floral display!
Plant size: 4-5' tall x 2-3' wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 3-8 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts bees, butterflies, moths, and is the host plant for Eryngium stem-borer moth - a candidate for the endangered species list.
Notable features: Drought tolerant, showy flowers, easy to grow, native, clay soils, erosion control
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Eryngium yuccifolium