Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)

Regular price $3.40
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1/2-pint plug

Light: Full Sun - Partial Sun
Soil: Dry- Medium Wet
Height: 8 feet
Bloom: August-September

Description: No those aren't sunflowers, those are Compass Plants!  A true icon of the prairies, these lovely plants are an incredible addition to your landscape. It is quite a sight to see pollinators flit from flower to flower while birds, like Goldfinches, will perch upon the strong stems pecking for insects or seeds. Not for small spaces! The name Compass Plant comes from the observation that the leaves have a tendency to orient themselves on a north-south axis.  The reason behind this intriguing physiology is to maximize water use in the leaves as well as to increase CO2 gain for the plant. Another interesting aspect of Compass Plant biology is their life expectancy.  Given the right conditions, individual plants have been known to live upwards of 100 years! Gardening with Compass Plant is gardening for the future.