Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 3-10 feet
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: June – September
Suggested Uses: Compass plant is a tall, showy, very long-lived perennial. Its roots grow very deep and it can succeed in heavy clay soils. The deeply serrated leaves tend to orient themselves in a north-south direction. It is an excellent plant for pollinators and the flowers are beautiful additions to fresh and dried flower arrangements.
Native Range: Native to prairies of the Midwest and the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Native to southern counties in Minnesota.
Pollinators: Excellent pollinator plant. Bees and butterflies. High-value nectar source for adult monarch and swallowtail butterflies. Birds eat the seeds.
Flowers: The flower heads are 3″ wide, made up of ray and disk flowers like the rest of the sunflower family.
Leaves: The alternate leaves are 12″-18″ long. They are rough, large and deeply divided. They orient themselves on a north-south axis.
More information: USDA plant profile