Silphium laciniatum

Common name: Compass Plant

Native plant

Compass Plant is a very tall prairie plant that produces a beautiful blooming display. Large yellow flowers, about 4 inches in diameter, occur along nearly the entire length of the central stalk, reaching heights of up to 12 feet.  Blooming occurs mid summer for about a month and a half.  Its dramatic height and abundant blooms make this a good choice for the back of garden beds or along fences or other structures.


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Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
10 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot

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