Compass Plant, Silpheum laciniatum
Towering prairie plant with strong, hairy stems and rough,
bristly leaves. Very much like its fellow silpheum, Cup Plant, Compass plant
has sunflower-like flowers with yellow petals and yellow center disks. Flowers alternately
dot the stem, blooming in late summer. The “large, oak-leaf” basal leaves are very
distinictive, and turn to orient themselves north-south to minimize sun
exposure—hence, the common name. Can reach 10 feet or more. 50 seeds/2.00.