Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

  • a bright yellow icon of tall grass prairies
  • leaves usually line-up in a north-south direction; pioneers would use the plant as a compass
  • the resinous inside was used by Native American children as chewing gum
  • upto 8 ft. tall
  • pollinator-friendly
  • unfortunately, not a host plant
  • very long-lived (some reach the ripe-old age of 100 years!; several near the old house have been enjoyed by many generations)
  • full sun
  • moist to slightly dry, rich soil
  • blooms from June to September
  • zones 3 - 9
  • space 4 or more ft. apart
  • NATIVE STATE LISTING for Silphium laciniatum

    AL, AR, CO, DC, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI


PEACE LILY greenhouse & nursery

"Gardening with a humanitarian purpose."

Please visit the group Pollinator Friendly Yards on Facebook.  Leslie Nelson Inman was my initial inspiration.  Hopefully, she will be yours.