Friday, July 23, 2010

Native Cup Plant for Macro Saturday


Cup Plant or Silphium perfoliatum is in its second year in the garden.   It is 7ft or 2.13 meters tall.  It has thick stems and large leaves that act a cup to hold water.   The flowers are school bus yellow. It is easy to grow and maintain.  The plant tolerates clay and is drought tolerant.  Only draw back is its tendency to spread.  Give it lots of room.





You can see here the reason it is called the cup plant.  Water tends to accumulate where the leaves and stem form.

More interesting macros can be found HERE for Macro Saturday.  Do you take macro or close up photos?  Join us.  We would love to see them.    Valerie

13 comments:

maiaT said...

Lovely yellow flower and it looks more beautiful on the dark background.
Its interesting how it holds the water between the leaves and stem, probably a reserve for dry weather.

Thank you so much Valerie, I didn't know about the bugs on orchids.
I left my computer immediately and checked; I can't see any white bugs, but I'll check again tomorrow at daylight.
Have a beautiful weekend!

bfarr said...

Sounds like the perfect plant for my yard. Very pretty.

Manang Kim said...

I don't mind if this flower will dominate my yard it's very pretty and I like the color. Happy weekend!

Macro Flowers

Olga said...

Interesting and beautiful plant. The pictures are awesome!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, yours is in bloom. Mine is still in the bud stage, but over 7 feet tall this year.

Jenn said...

Oh... very pretty flower!

Mine's HERE.

Rosie @ Centre of Interest said...

thats some size! it probably looks well near that large thistle of yours too. Do you have to stake it to keep it standing tall?

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a unique flower. I've not seen this and it's very fascinating.

Lavender Cottage said...

Mine is in bloom too Val, I just love it. I'm wondering if we got them at the same time from our MG plant sale?
Judith

Judy said...

Lovely yellow flowers! I wonder why it gathers the water...
I have another yellow plant, the Jerusalem artichoke, which is something the same size, and spreads, but it blooms later in the year, almost in the autumn.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

That sure is a pretty bloom. Someone offered me some of that, but when I found out it spreads, shied away from it. I don't have a big yard. I wish I did. I like your straight out of the camera post, too.

Flower Town said...

I love its color and so interesting plant. I also like the post from above.

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely flower! Love the shot of the cup of the plant!
Great post!