Photo by JLBG taken at Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Silphium
Item #: 14271
Zones: 5a to 9b
Height: 36" tall
Origin: United States
Did someone mention a white-flowering silphium? This odd duck in an otherwise yellow-flowered genus is an endemic to calcareous (pH ~6.8) gravely prairie soils in a couple dozen central Texas counties. The basal fuzzy green rickrack patterned leaves, which always align in a North/South orientation, resemble a really funky head of stringy green hair topped by 2-3' tall flower spikes in late spring, each ending in clusters of large white asters, and the accompanying butterflies. The drought tolerance of Silphium albiflorum is legendary, with root length measured at a whopping 15' depth.