About Rattlesnake Master: In spite of its resemblance to desert plants such as the yucca, this unusual prairie species belongs to the carrot family. Its common name of Rattlesnake Master comes from historical use by Native Americans as a remedy for rattlesnake bites, though it was more often used to brew a medicinal tea. James Adair, an 18th century Irish historian who lived and studied Native Americans for much of his life, recorded stories of warriors applying a preparation of this plant to their arms as protection from the ill effects of venom.
Rattlesnake Master Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting the seeds ¼” 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. Thin or transplant the seedlings to 15-18” apart. This plant adapts well to sandy, rocky, or clay soils.
Growing Rattlesnake Master Seeds: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Mature plants tolerate heat and drought, though they appreciate watering in dry periods. This plant may self-sow in good growing conditions, and makes an excellent choice for prairie plantings, landscaping, or perennial gardens. It attracts bees and butterflies, as well as resisting deer.
Harvesting Rattlesnake Master: This unusual plant makes a striking addition to both fresh and dried flower arrangements.
Saving Rattlesnake Master Seeds: The spiky white heads of this plant will eventually turn brown; they should be gathered before they begin to crumble. Cut the seed heads and spread them out to dry. Separate the seed from the husks, and store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Rattlesnake Master Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Button Snakeroot, Button Eryngo, Rattlesnake Weed Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 36-48 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 7,800 Produces sword shaped, toothed pale green leaves up to 3’ long and branching stems topped by round, spiky ½-1” white flower heads.