Eryngium yuccifolium

Another possibility for a lovely, low water use plant, in the garden.

Interesting Plant: Eryngium yuccifolium

Discovered via Pinterest User Beth Auten

Eryngium yuccifolium (button eryngobutton snake-root, or rattlesnake master) is a common herbaceous perennial plant, native to the tallgrass prairies of central and eastern North America, from Minnesota east to Ohio and south to Texas and Florida. It grows to 1.8 m tall, with linear leaves 15–100 cm long but only 1–3 cm broad, with bristly or spiny margins and a sharp tip. The flowers are produced in dense apical umbels 1–3 cm diameter, each flower greenish-white or bluish-white, 3–4 mm diameter. When this plant flowers, pollen matures before stigmas become receptive to maximize outcrossing. Rattlesnake master has unusually high seed set (close to 90%).[1]

It gets its name because some Native Americans used its root as an antidote for rattlesnake venom. The scientific name was given because its leaves resemble those ofyuccas. Fibers of rattlesnake master have also been found as one of the primary materials used in the ancient shoe construction of Midwestern Native Americans.[2]

E. yuccifolium is fairly intolerant of anthropogenic disturbance,[3] but readily re-establishes in prairie restorations.[4][5] Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas