Promoting the Use of Native Plant Species in the Home Landscape

Compass Plant

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Silphium laciniatum

Flower Description:

Sunflower-like flowers, up to 5 inches in diameter, with yellow petals and yellow centers. Flowers bloom in loos spikes on the upper part of the plant.

FamilyAster
Season BloomMid-late summer
HabitatA very tall dramatic plant with very large lobed leaves and a sunflower-like blossom.
CyclePerennial
Height5-9'
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are very large and deeply lobed. May look similar in shape to pin-oak leaves. Upper leaves are smaller. Basal leaves usually orient themselves on a north-south axis to maximize overhead sun exposure and giving it its common name.
Soil Type All Types
Light Source Sun
LocationWoodland