Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake Master

2' to 5' tall-A native prairie plant of the Eastern United States with a fantastic name. Used medicinally by Native Americans. There is an 18th-century account of Native Americans using a preparation of this herb to handle rattlesnakes without harm. (Do not try this at home.) Produces one or more pale green and white spiky-looking seed/flower balls on top, with unusual yucca-like (hence "yuccifolium") parallel-veined leaves below. Requires cold treatment. $3.50/approximately 250 seeds

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