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My Cup Plant Runneth Over

If you’re driving by our offices at KIB you’ll likely notice the tall sunflower-like yellow flowers at the corner of Shelby and Fletcher in the basin of our rain garden.

Sometimes known as Cup Plant or Indian Cup (Silphium perfoliatum), these massive plants can reach up to 8 feet tall and are easily identified by their unique leaves. The leaves form a wide wing that fuses around the sturdy stem and forms a cup that birds and other wildlife can drink from when they hold water.

When the flowers mature and turn to seed, you will most definitely see Goldfinches and other seed eaters enjoying the treat. Early American settlers would use this native prairie plant to treat symptoms of cough, fever, heart disease and spleen illness—and who doesn’t love a plant that treats spleen illness?