Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Compass Plant

Silphium laciniatum
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Birds, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

48 to
84
inches

Spread:

12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 48 to
84
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Size
Height: 48 to
84
inches
Spread: 12 to
36
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in perennial borders, native gardens, prairies and wildflower meadows.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows easily in full sun in dry to moderate soil. Tolerates drought and poor soil. Give plenty of room to grow.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

A tall sturdy plant with large, finely lobed basal leaves. Large, yellow sunflower-like flowers bloom in loose spikes in summer on stiff stems to 9 ft. tall. This plant adds form and texture to the landscape.

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