Silphium perfoliatum Cup Plant
Ohio Native Plant Natural Range
Cultivation Information Cup Plant
Hardy Zone - 4 to 8Soil - Moist to wetpH - 6.1 to 7.4
Natural Fence - A mature grove of Cup Plants are perfect native plants for "green" privacy fences
Family - Asteraceae
Wildlife Significance Cup Plant
Pollen - bumble bees, green sweat bees, sweat bees, long horned bees and leafcutter bees
Nectar - Wasps, bee flies, various short-tongued bees along with butterflies and skippers
Aphid Predators - Both Lady beetles and Brown Lacewing inhabit the leaves of the Cup Plant, both devour pesty aphids.
Katydids - Camouflage is the name of their game, but take a close look and you might discover a katydid munching on the Cup Plant's thick green leaves
Seed - Birds - Chickadees, Goldfinches, sparrows along with a host of other songbirds love Cup Plant seeds!
For more details visit the Illinois Wildflower website.