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Cup Plant

Silphium perfoliatum

Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Common names: Cup plant, Indian cup

A coarse and durable perennial, 4-8 ft. tall with numerous large, yellow composite flowers. Each flower head has 20-30 yellow rays and darker yellow disks. Stout leaves are joined at stem to form a small cup that holds water and attracts birds.

The small cup formed by the leaves holds water and attracts birds.
Native to the eastern half of US (excluding TX) but frequently cultivated in Texas.


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