Cup plant, Rosinweed, Indian cup
One of the best cold-hardy native perennial plants for wildlife is the bold and stately Silphium perfoliatum. The leaves clasp around the stems forming water basins or "cups" which collect moisture. In the mid to late summer season, 2-3" yellow flowers are borne a top its 6-8'(10') square stems.
preference is for moist soil of various habitats: prairies, meadows, woodland edges ... and full or partial sun.
perfoliatum = through the leaf
The Ohio State University Herbarium:
Summit County, 28 July 1958, collector:  Ervin M. Herrick voucher specimen
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Newcomb's: Key Group no. 743, p. 392
Historical description:  An Illustrated Guide to the Flowering Plants, George T. Stevens, 1910
The flowers provide nectar and pollen for a variety of insects. When the flower heads mature, birds, especially goldfinches, descend upon the plants to devour the ripe seeds. The moisture-filled cups provide birds and insects with a source of water. The large, ample-sized leaves, up to 12" long, provide cover and shelter for wildlife.
virtual herbarium sheet 000010 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 22.vi.2014