Jun. 11, 2018

rattlesnake-master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Another winner in the search for Queen-Anne's-lace relatives that don't all look the same. Rattlesnake-master does have flower heads on the typical radiating stems. But as you see, the individual heads of flowers are much more compact than usual. The name derives from the Indian medicine ladies' use of this plant to treat snake bite. That's right, medicine ladies! The myth of the medicine man largely comes from our own culture's misogynistic bias. Of course, whoever used this for snake bite was practicing wishful medicine. This is a prairie plant, growing in AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD(X), MI(T), MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, OH(T), OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WI. Lenawee Co MI, 7/30/10.