silphium laciniatum

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Flowers resemble miniature sunflowers but with fewer petals. Can grow up to 10 ft tall (1-4m). Hairy stalk and leaves. Whole plant is edible. Used for lung conditions, gonorrhea, expelling worms, coughs and asthma. Leaves usually point north-south to minimize exposure to hot noon sun. Roots up to 15 ft (5m) deep, very drought resistant.
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From Harper's transects of the region, he noted: "The comparatively large numbers of herbs, and the occurrence of a few genuine prairie species, such as Ambrosia bidentata, Silphium laciniatum, S.
When Silphium laciniatum was included in one quadrat in the analysis of the year 2000 grass-rich transect, the transect [FQI.
Seven Liatris squarrosa and two Silphium laciniatum suffered mortality.