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Plant Name:

Cup Plant

Scientific Name:

Silphium perfoliatum


Cup Plant is a tall perennial with large, opposite leaves that clasp the stem, forming cups that collect water.


Wet meadows, prairies, open woodlands


Cup Plant provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and insects. The cup-like leaves can hold water, providing a water source for birds and insects.

Growing Conditions:

Cup Plant thrives in moist to wet soils and full sun.


Cup Plant is often used in landscaping for its unique foliage and attractive yellow flowers. The plant has historical uses in traditional medicine.

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Fun Facts:

Cup Plant is native to North America and is a member of the sunflower family.

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