All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Silphium laciniatum

£4.75

Plant Information

Aspect: Full Sun
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Moist But Well-Drained
Colour: Yellow

A rarely offered, tall prairie plant from North America. Features sunflower-like flowers (to 5" wide) with yellow rays and yellow center disks. Flowers bloom in loose spikes on the upper parts of the plant in summer. 

An interesting point to note is that the leaves of the young plants orientate themselves north and south. Hence the common name, Compass Plant.

Good height for the rear of the border. Also excellent for naturalizing in prairies, cottage gardens, wildflower gardens or native plant gardens.

Split or broken stems exude a gummy, fragrant-but-bitter resin which was used by Native Americans as a mouth-cleansing chewing gum. 

Height: 2m

Common name(s): Compass Plant, Pilot Weed, Polar Plant.

Genus name comes from the Greek name silphion used for a North African resin bearing plant.

Specific epithet means slashed or torn into narrow segments for the deeply cut leaves.

Information

  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.