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Plant Details

Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant

Scientific Name:

Silphium laciniatum

Common Name:

Compass Plant

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Habitat Description:

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

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

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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