Hardy, summer-flowering North American perennial
Description: Greenish-white, round, thistle-like flowers borne on branched, erect stems above a basal rosette of strappy, spine-edged, blue-green foliage
Habit: Grows 4-5 feet high and 2-3 feet wide
Culture: Prefers full sun and medium to dry, well-drained, sandy soil; leave undisturbed once established; drought tolerant
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin: United States
Attributes: Attracts butterflies and bees, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant
An unusual member of the Apiaceae, or Carrot/Parsley family, this Eryngium has a native range from Connecticut south to Florida and west to Minnesota, Kansas, and Texas. Often found in tall grass prairies, the Rattlesnake Master was once used by Native Americans to cure snake bites, as well as other ailments such as venereal disease and kidney disorders. The distinctive flowers have a honey scent and are attractive to bees and butterflies, and the yucca-like foliage provides a nice contrast in flower borders and native plant collections.