Compass Plant


in deep 4″ pots

Out of stock


Silphium laciniatum

A prairie icon, Compass plants are tall, long-lived perennials that once covered thousands of acres in Oklahoma and the Midwest. The large leaves tend to orient on a north-south axis so as to minimize intense overhead sun exposure, giving rise to its common name. This sturdy plant can grow up to 8’ tall, with sunflower-like flowers on the upper part of the stems. Attracts butterflies and birds. Medium to dry soil, full to partial sun, summer blooming.

Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2023. Taxonomic Data Center. ( Chapel Hill, N.C. [maps generated from Kartesz, J.T. 2023. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP). (in press)]