Silphium laciniatum
Compass Plant

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunBird Friendly
Compass Plant
Silphium laciniatum
Deeply lobed leaves can reach up to 18" long at the base and get small as they climb the tall stalk which can reach up to 6' tall. Big, yellow sunflower-like flowers top stems from July through September attracting butterflies then birds for seed. Drought resistant, great for back of garden.
Tall, strong perennial for the back of the border or meadow
Bright yellow flowers attract butterflies and native bees
Extremely drought tolerant once established
Birds love the nutritious seeds

Native Range

Prairies and glades from North Dakota south to Texas, east to New York and Alabama

Interesting Facts

The name "Compass Plant" comes from the unique, north/south orientation of its basal leaves. It is said that early settlers used it to guide their way. 


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poor soils.

Mature Size: 6-8ft. Tall x 18-24in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

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