1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

compass plant

Silphium laciniatum

A native perennial which occurs in prairies throughout most of the Midwest. Tall, sturdy plant that grows on stiff, hairy, stems to 9’ tall. Sunflower-like flowers open over large deeply cut leaves up to 18” long, reminiscent of pin oak leaves. Leaves orient themselves on a north-south axis to minimize intense sun exposure, giving them their common name.

Attracts many pollinators and seed eating songbirds and mammals. NATIVE TO THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U.S.