The Plant Store will re-open for sales the week of May 13th, 2024 for local pickup

  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • I'm currently working on shifting the store part of this site over to more complex software that will allow for filtering by multiple plant traits and making wish lists of species you would like to order, so please bear with me when it comes to announcing the exact species offerings for 2024 (there will be lots, including some species not previously offered).

Silphium laciniatum, Compass Plant

Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant

  • Full sun
  • Average to high moisture soils
  • 5’ to 8’ tall, 3’ to 4’ wide
  • Summer to early fall bloom
  • Ontario Native, Good for meadow or garden settings. Very long lived 

New to me this year, grown from seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery  

Slightly shorter than their close cousins, Prairie Dock, these are still very large herbaceous plants. Their common name comes from a tendency for their leaves to be oriented on a north-south axis along the upright blooming stems. Given their stature and the fact that they are known to live upwards of 100 years, carefully consideration is recommended when selecting a location for one of these.

Please check out the Prairie Moon listing at the link above for more details.

Photos by Krzysztof Ziarnek and Krzysztof Ziarnek via Wikimedia Commons

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality