Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Very little maintenance required. Easy to propagate by seed. Seedlings can take up to 3 years to flower.
Compassplant is a tall, coarse, sunflower-like perennial, growing 3-10 ft. high. The large leaves are hairy and deeply cut, usually orient themselves north and south to avoid the heat of the noonday sun. The yellow flowers are scattered across the top half of the stem. This is a slow growing, long lived plant with up to a 15 ft. a taproot.
Well Drained, Dry
Seeds, Nectar, Pollen
Butterflies, Birds, Small Mammals, Nectar Insects, Bees
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Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonyms: Silphium laciniatum var. laciniatum, Silphium laciniatum var. robinsonii