Compass Plant

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Native Compass Plants (Silphium laciniatum) are tall prairie and native landscape cornerstones! These mighty perennial plants grow tall and their blooms shine like the sun! These iconic prairie plants grow long foliage from basal rosettes with Oak leaf-like pointed lobes.

The tall flowering stems become filled in big yellow rows of toothy ray petals with yellow centers of miniature florets like their Sunflower cousins! Named Compass plants because of the way these plants orient themselves North/South to avoid having their sandpapery leathery leaves get the direct brunt of the hot summer midday sun!

Hardy perennial natives throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, and can reach soaring heights of 5 - 10 feet in height when in bloom! The rosettes can grow 2-3 feet wide with each leaf can be 15-24 inches long! Growing fast and blooming throughout the late-season months of July through September, bees and butterflies need these vital nectar and pollen resources.

Planting and Application:

Very long-lived native perennials with deep roots, be sure you want this plant growing right where you plant them for the long haul. Gorgeous and unexpected height and focal points throughout the sun garden, work Compass plants into prairie restoration projects, grassy sunny meadows, and throughout a native pollinator and mixed perennial border.

Plant among any other boldly hued perennials, similar ray flowers, large and small shrub borders, and really... that bright golden-yellow hue compliments just about every other plant and color out there! The Compass Plants' bold blooms always complement smaller sprays of blooms such as Larkspurs and Delphiniums, Baby's Breath, and Goldenrod. Mix and match with rusty grasses, purples, oranges, reds, and blues!

  • Multiple Sunflower-Like Flowers on Tall Flowering Stems
  • Oak Leaf-Like Coarse, Stiff Enormous Foliage
  • Long Bloom Season
  • Pollinator Friendly Blooms
  • Grand Height, Cheerful Long-Lasting Blooms & Native Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These are full sun perennials that require very well-drained soil. Water just enough to establish their first season in the ground, but then once settled, Compass Plants are very drought-tolerant perennial plants. Prune in the late autumn after the birds have had their fill of the seeds, trimming down the stems and leaves to clean the mounds in preparation for winter. If you don't wish the seeds to self-sow, trim the stems down before they go to seed.

  • Sun, Sun, Sun!
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead/Prune Late Autumn
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them

Unique moving plants that soar to great heights, the Compass Plant is a fun native that handles harsh conditions, sun all day, and feeds pollinators and songbirds! Now shipping from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Compass Plant Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Silphium laciniatum
Type Perennial
Mature Height 5 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn