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Rattlesnake Master - anyone grow this?

Posted by georgia_transplant 7b/8 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 29, 08 at 16:03

I am planning my front beds for this year and one of my main goals for the beds is to plant native perennials with year-round interest. I really want interesting foliage!

I came across "rattlesnake master" (Eryngium yuccafolium). Does anyone have experience growing these intersting plants? If so, what do they look like in winter? Do they maintain their bluish-green appearance and keep the little spikes on the end? I put a link to a photo of the plant below.

Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Rattlesnake master


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RE: Rattlesnake Master - anyone grow this?

  • Posted by mfyss w. Ill. (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 1, 08 at 15:03

Lots of it growing here, but I have had trouble with getting the seeds to germinate. Two other Eryginum, with similar flower heads are easier for me to germinate. Yale


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RE: Rattlesnake Master - anyone grow this?

I had them for a number of years: eventually gave them away. They dont look very bluish: more of a silvery green. They really were not very interesting: more weedy. If I remember correctly the stalks would flop over early in winter, so there was no winter interest to speak of. The leaf edges are serrated and quite sharp. I cut myself enough times on them that that was a motive in getting rid of them too.


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RE: Rattlesnake Master - anyone grow this?

Thanks so much mfyss and linea56. Really good info. I think I'll plant something else in that spot.


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