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Compass Plant
  • Compass Plant

    Silphium laciniatum   


    Perhaps the most striking of all the Silphiums, the large, deeply indented leaves tend to orient themselves in a north-south direction. Numerous yellow flowers appear on lofty stems in late summer. First Nations have chewed the hardened sap like chewing gum and the rootstock has been used to cure fever, and as a tonic and expectorant. Attracts birds and butterflies.

    • Characteristics

      Type: Perennial

      Height: 6-10 Feet

      Blooms: August to September

      Bloom Colour: Yellow

    • Growth Conditions

      Light: Full Sun

      Soil: Moist to Dry, Average & Clay Soil

      Habitat: Prairies & Meadows

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