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/2.50, 1/2 oz./10.00.