A warm season native prairie forb growing 2 to 5 feet tall, the Rattlesnake Master grows spiked clusters of flowers that bloom into tiny 5 petaled flowers. These unique plants attract a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and insects that feed on the nectar. The flower heads have an almost honey like odor The leaves are long and low with prickled edges at various junctions resembling those of the yucca plant's.
Native Americans would use the dried seed-heads as rattles.
Pilgrims thought the root of the plant would work as an antidote to bites from the rattlesnake (which it does not).
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.