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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