Rattlesnake Master
Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake Master

Rattlesnake master is found throughout Florida in moist open pinelands. The clump of 18 inch linear leaves have stiff, although not sharp, spines along their edges and look like small yucca plants.

The three foot tall flower stalk has many half inch rounded heads of tiny white flowers. These attract an interesting variety of pollinators.

Although this is in the carrot family, Eastern or Black Swallowtail Butterflies do not lay their eggs on this. The small seeds may be a source of food for birds.

Can be planted as a group or mixed with other species of the moist pinelands . These include, muhly grass, cord grass, swamp fern, water dropwort, blazing star, andropogon grasses, deertongue, prairie iris, duck potato, canna, salt marsh mallow, tickseed and mimosa.