Cup Plant

 Common Name: Cup Plant

Scientific Name: Silphium perfoliatum

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat: Prairies, Meadows, Open woods

Native: Yes

Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Height: Up to 8 feet

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Loamy

Pollinators: Bees, Birds, Butterflies

Description: Cup Plant is a bright yellow native wildflower that blooms abundantly in prairies, meadows, and open woods. Named after its cup-like shape, Cup Plant attracts birds, such as goldfinches, by holding water in its flower for them to drink! Cup Plant also attracts many other pollinators, including butterflies and bees, who may use the flower for nesting. Cup Plant can easily naturalize in native gardens or pollinator gardens and can make an excellent border plant, due to its tall height. Cup Plant blooms between June and September and prefers to grow in loamy soil and full sun to partly shady conditions.