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Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant

Scientific Name:

Silphium laciniatum

Genus:

Silphium

Species Epithet:

laciniatum

Common Name:

Compass Plant

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Prairies, limestone barrens, calcareous glades, also sometimes cultivated (including outside of its native distribution). Not present in NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

important source of food for bumblebees.
seeds favored by birds, and small mammals


Leaves

image

Sandhills Game Land, Millstone Creek Natural Area, October 2004
© Kathy Schlosser

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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