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Scientific Name:

Silphium laciniatum


Compassplant is a tall perennial herb with large, deeply lobed leaves and yellow daisy-like flowers.


Prairies, open areas, roadsides


Compassplant provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including bees, butterflies, and birds. The plant's seeds are also eaten by small mammals and birds.

Growing Conditions:

Compassplant prefers full sun and well-drained soils.


Compassplant has historically been used by Native American tribes for various purposes, including as a medicinal plant and as a source of fiber. The plant is also appreciated for its ornamental value and is sometimes cultivated in gardens.

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Fun Facts:

Compassplant gets its name from the unique orientation of its leaves, which tend to align north and south, resulting in a compass-like appearance. The plant's scientific name, Silphium laciniatum, refers to the deeply lobed leaves.

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