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compass plant

compass plant or rosinweed, large, coarse North American perennial herb (Silphium laciniatum) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), found chiefly in open grasslands. The deeply cut leaves tend to point north and south. It has been used medicinally and is sometimes cultivated. Other plants that have a similar leaf orientation are sometimes called compass plants. Compass plant is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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compass plant

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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Compass plant, a perennial forb native to the tall and mixed grass prairies of the central USA, is noted for its palatability to livestock (Anonymous, 1995).
Compass plant is described as having pistillate ray flowers, with attached
This resulted in a far greater number of petals per blossom than is commonly found in compass plant, with mature achene production from both ray and disk flowers.