Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to sow the seeds (about 1/4″ deep) in fall to early winter, setting the pot outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within a month or so, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach above before moving them back to warmth and light.

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Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a distinctive perennial with spiky grayish green leaves on 4- to 5-foot-tall stems that are topped with ball-shaped clusters of white flowers in mid- to late summer. The seedheads last well into winter, creating intriguing natural sculptures when coated with ice or dusted with snow. This U.S. native is equally at home in perennial gardens and meadow plantings and is a valuable source of nectar and pollen for a variety of bees, wasps, butterflies, and other pollinators. It looks terrific in arrangements too, so consider growing some in a cutting garden. Full sun. Zones 3 to 8.

2020 supply sold out. I expect to collect more in September 2021. At least 30 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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