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Full to part sun, moderately wet to medium moisture level, prefers rich soil but is adapted to wide range of soils including clay, very strongly acid to neutral pH. 5-8 feet height, blooms in summer, yellow flowers, will freely self-seed in optimum conditions.
Germination Code: C(60)
Native Region: Western half of Tennessee
Coarse, sunflower-like plant. Leaves encircle the squarish stems, forming a cup that can hold rain water, hence its common name. Species is also sometimes called Cup Rosinweed because its stems exude a gummy sap when cut. High drought tolerance although may drop its lower leaves during a drought. Can be invasive with an “unstoppable urge to reproduce.” Attracts birds, butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Goldfinches and other seed-eating birds relish the seeds and will often drink water from the cup.