9 Rat­tlesnake mas­ter

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ERYN­GIUM YUCCIFOLIUM, ZONES 4 TO 9

Omi­nously named, this plant is known for its 1-inch, orb-shaped clus­ters of many small flow­ers. Whitish bracts stick out sharply from the flow­ers, giv­ing the head a rough, prickly look and feel. This warm­sea­son peren­nial grows best in dry prairie soil.

Why we love it: The heads give off a hon­ey­like odor when in bloom from June to Septem­ber.

Host to: rat­tlesnake mas­ter borer moth

9 Viceroy but­ter­fly

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