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How do you grow a rattlesnake master from seed?

How do you grow a rattlesnake master from seed?

Sowing: Direct sow Rattlesnake Master seeds in late fall, planting the seeds 1/4″ deep and lightly compacting the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing; keep the soil consistently moist until germination.

Does rattlesnake master spread?

Rattlesnake master ultimately reaches about three to four feet tall with a spread of one to two feet.

What is rattlesnake master good for?

The best documented use, made by John Adair during the 1700s, describes the use of the plant’s sap as a preventative to snakebite, used during ceremonial handling of rattlesnakes. The sap and roots were also used to treat a wide variety of maladies, and as a diuretic.

Which flower is known as rattlesnake master?

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)

Also known as: Button Eryngo, Button Snakeroot
Status: State Special Concern
Habitat: sun; moist to dry sandy, loamy soil; prairies, open woods
Bloom season: July – August
Plant height: 2 to 5 feet

Does rattlesnake master need full sun?

Growing Rattlesnake Master Plant They prefer growing in average soil. Soil that is too rich encourages the plant to sprawl, as does any condition other than full sun. Plant in early spring and just lightly cover the seed. Once sprouted, this plant prefers dry, sandy conditions.

How do you divide a rattlesnake master?

If you want to grow more plants for your garden, then the rattlesnake master can be easily propagated through by division. Simply divide the mature plants in fall or spring. Place the division in separate 4″ inch containers filled with potting mix and keep in a shaded area.

Why is it called rattlesnake master?

Rattlesnake master gets its common name from the erroneous belief that the roots of this plant could be used to cure rattlesnake bites.

Where does rattlesnake master grow?

Rattlesnake master is an herbaceous perennial native to mesic tallgrass prairies, savannas and open rocky woods of the central and eastern United States. It is grown as an ornamental for its unique “golf ball” flowers.

Where is rattlesnake master native to?

Eryngium yuccifolium, commonly called rattlesnake-master or button snake-root, is a Missouri native plant which occurs in rocky woods, prairies and glades throughout the State and was a common plant of the tallgrass prairie.

Where can I find a rattlesnake master plant?

Eryngium yuccifolium (rattlesnake master) does not have the usual appearance of plants found in Pennsylvania pollinator gardens. Looking a bit like it belongs in one of the western desert regions, rattlesnake master is naturally found in a prairie setting.

What kind of flower does a rattlesnake plant?

Rattlesnake Master ( Eryngium yuccifolium) seeds. Photo by Christopher David Benda. Close-up Rattlesnake Master ( Eryngium yuccifolium) flower. Photo by Christopher David Benda. Rattlesnake Master ( Eryngium yuccifolium) leaves. Photo by Christopher David Benda. Rattlesnake Master ( Eryngium yuccifolium) plants. Photo by Christopher David Benda.

When is the best time to replant rattlesnake master?

Saved seed should be cold stratified at 40°F for two months before planting in the spring. Mature plants can be divided and replanted in late spring or fall.

How did the rattlesnake master get its name?

The common name rattlesnake master reflects the plant’s relationship to American Indians. Some Indian groups were known to make a brew by boiling the plant’s roots as an antidote to rattlesnake venom. Some native peoples would also use the dried flower stalks as ceremonial rattles.