Compass Plant

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Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

  • Appearance: The compass plant is a tall, perennial wildflower native to North America. It typically grows 6-12 feet tall and has a thick, central stem with conspicuous white hairs. The leaves are the most notable feature, being large (up to 24 inches long), deeply lobed, and rough to the touch. They often orient themselves in a north-south direction, hence the plant's common name.
  • Flowers: In late summer and early fall, the compass plant produces clusters of bright yellow, daisy-like flowers at the top of the stem. These flowers are attractive to pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
  • Habitat: The compass plant is found in prairies, meadows, and savannas throughout the eastern and central United States and Canada. It prefers full sun and moist to well-drained soil.

Interesting facts:

  • The compass plant's leaves are thought to orient themselves north-south to minimize sun exposure and water loss.
  • The plant has a long history of medicinal uses by Native Americans.
  • It is a valuable food source for wildlife, including deer, rabbits, and insects.
  • The compass plant is relatively easy to grow in gardens and is a popular choice for butterfly gardens and native plant landscapes.

Here are some additional details about the compass plant:

  • Lifespan: Compass plants are long-lived, with some individuals known to live for over 100 years.
  • Propagation: The plant can be propagated by seed or division.
  • Care: Compass plants are relatively low maintenance once established. They require well-drained soil and full sun. Watering is only necessary during prolonged dry periods.
  • Uses: In addition to its ornamental value, the compass plant can be used to attract pollinators and provide food for wildlife. It is also a valuable nectar source for honeybees.
Compass Plant



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Mary Hoggins
Tyler, Texas

Last year in the Fall, I collected a lot of seeds I planted this year.

Roger Holmes
Dallas, Texas

They really added a big splash of color to the front of my house garden bed. Love them!

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Mobile, Alabama

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