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Cup Plant

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Silphium perfoliatum

Flower Description:

Daisy-like blossoms of light yellow rays (20-40) around a darker yellow center about 3 inches in diameter.

Season BloomMid-late summer
HabitatA very tall, dramatic plant with opposite leaves that form a cup around the stem to hold water for insects and birds, hence its common name. One of the tallest prairie plants. Requires considerable garden space.
Leaf DescriptionLeaves are large, rough, triangular-like with coarsely toothed margins. They are opposite and upper leaves envelope the stem to form the "cup".
Soil Type Wet
Light Source Sun