Mergoat

Mergoat Land Design and Restoration

Sorrel Inman

[email protected]
(865) 250-6140

Mergoat Land Design and Restoration

Sorrel Inman

[email protected]
(865) 250-6140

Rattlesnake Master

Eryngium yuccifolium

Family: Apiaceae

Plant Type
Wildflower, Forb
Status
Native
Native Range
Southeast, Northeast, Midwest
Edible Parts
Root
Height
3′-6′
Spread
2-3′

Landscape Attributes

Bloom Color
White
Root Depth
Root Structure
Seasonal Interest
Summer
Lifespan

ECOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES

LIGHT
Full Sun
GROWTH HABIT
WATER
Dry, Medium
RELATIONSHIPS
Bees, Wasps

Description

  • Up to 4’ tall
  • Dicot, but imitates a monocot with its long narrow leaves and parallel veination (see The Uses of Eryngium, by Marie Scott Standifer, 179)
  • Basal silver-green leaves, parallel veins, prickly margins. These leaves resemble yucca leaves, hence “yuccifolium
  • Small spherical white flower clusters arranged in terminal cymose or umbellate panicles, appx 1” across, with prickly bractlets. 10-40 flower heads per stalk, 100+/- flowers per head.
  • Root: fibrous
  • Reproduction: sexual, xenogamous, Temporal Dioecism. Temporally distinct periods between the pistillate and staminate phases of sexual development in individual specimens. This decreases geitonogamy (self-pollination) and maximizes outcrossing (cross pollination) (cf. Reproductive Biology, Brenda Molano-Flores)

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