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Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Aster family (Asteraceae)
Native to Prairie States and Eastern half of North America
Location~~ The Susans' Garden
Faunal Associations~ Bees, lots of bees, short tongued and long tongued; important predatory wasps; skippers and butterflies; goldfinches and other birds eat the seeds.
Give it plenty of sunshine and it will be a great architectural plant in your sunny beds.
It towers above the Susans, but, who cares! I love that it feeds so many critters.
Have a delicious day and plant more natives! The critters will thank you!