Silphium laciniatum Compassplant Seeds and Potted Plants 
(SILL-fee-um  lah-sin-ee-AY-tum)
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Silphium lacinatum, compass plant wild flower seed Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
Sun July and August Yellow 48-96 Average 18 to 30 Inches Perennial

Silphium laciniatum Compass plant Seed additional picture Photos by cj   

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Silphium laciniatum, Compass plant'

Silphium laciniatum seed
Compass Plant seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  $2.50 + shipping


20 sq ft

1 ounce - $15.00


125 sq ft

1 pound ----------- 


2,000 sq ft

Seed shipping chart at bottom of page  SOLD OUT
Silphium laciniatum
, Compass plant's towering eight foot stalks bear big 4 to 5 inch flowers that resemble sunflowers.  The decorative and deeply lobed two foot tall basal leaves are an attractive addition to a native wildflower garden.  Native Compass Plant's leaf surface faces the morning and afternoon sun, positioning the leaf in a north south direction (thus its name).  The taproot of this plant may grow six feet deep making the plant resistant to drought.  Compass Plant flowers are utilized by butterflies and it's large seeds consumed by song birds.  Plant Compass Plant in humus rich, well drained soil and full sun.  

Compassplant can be positioned in the middle of a perennial bed where its attractive basal leaves and flowers will become a focal point or at the back border.  Plant alone or in small groups rising above other plants.  

Silphium laciniatum seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 3 to 4  weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in the fall or early winter.

Compass Plant is a tall plant occurring naturally in prairies and glades from Ohio and Michigan to Minnesota and North Dakota, south to Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.    Asteraceae (Aster Family)

The map below shows areas where native Compass plant grows wild, it is hardy over a much wider area if planted.  Plant in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Silphium laciniatum
Compass Plant


New Mexico
New York
North Dakota

South Dakota 

State Distributional Map for Silphium laciniatum wild flower seed

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seed orders up to  $20.00    =    $3.00 shipping
$20.01 - $50.00    =    $4.00 shipping
$50.01-$100.00    =    $5.00 shipping

over $100.00    =    5 % of subtotal

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Silphium laciniatum Compassplant Seed Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.