The Rattlesnake Master plant is also known as button snakeroot plant. This particular plant originally got its name when it was thought to effectively treat bites from snake. Later on it was discovered that the plant does not actually have this type of medicinal effect, but the name still remains. The Rattlesnake Master plant was also used by Native Americans to treat nosebleeds, kidney problems, toothache and dysentery.

This plant is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows in tall grass prairies and open wooded places, where the golf ball-shaped blooms appear at the top tall stalks. These are densely covered with a tiny white to pinkish flowers from midsummer through autumn. The plant foliage is a greenish-blue tint and the plant may reach about 3 to 5 feet in growth. The plant can be used in native or woodland gardens, planted singly or in masses. The Rattlesnake Master plant can be used in mixed borders to provide contrast with its spiky leaves and unique flowers adding texture and form.

How to grow Rattlesnake Master plant

If you wish to add the Rattlesnake Master plant in your landscape, the seeds are readily available online. The Rattlesnake Master plant is of the carrot family and hardy in USDA zones 3-8. The plant prefers growing in average soil. Actually soils that are too rich encourage the plant to sprawl, as does any condition other than full sun. You can plant in early spring and lightly cover the seed. Once they sprout, the plant actually prefers dry, sandy conditions. You can thin the seedlings to a foot apart (30 cm.) or transplant them where you will use them in your beds. You can chill the seeds for 30 days in the refrigerator if you don’t get the seeds planted early. This plant care is very is simple once they are established. Simply water the plant as needed when there is scarcity of rain.

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