Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake Master

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Rattlesnake master is a yucca-like perennial with a wide distribution across the eastern and central states in pinelands and acid, sandy, open woods. From a thick taproot, it forms a 2-3 foot tall clump of sword-like, weakly spiny, gray-green leaves. In mid-summer, flower stalks bearing spiny, thistle-like, very light blue, round heads, rise another foot or 2 higher. Rattlesnake master makes a nice addition to the dry, sunny garden or meadow. Its grayish color and stiff, linear form contrast well with other drought busters. It tolerates drought, erosion, clay soil, sandy soil, and once established, shallow rocky soil. Do not disturb its tap root once planted. Try it with butterfly weed, ‘Sunrise’ coneflower, blanket flower, and blue love grass.



Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Sandy, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moderately moist


full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color

Blue, White/whitish

Bloom Time

Mid summer,

Late summer



Hardiness Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9