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Compass Plant (O.E. Anderson) Prairie State Nature Preserve

Preserving 16 acres in Lawrence County

Prairie grasses— big bluestem, Indian grass and little bluestem— are abundant throughout this site. Besides the bright yellow blooms of the compass-plant, other species include green milkweed, rose-pink gentian, early ladies'-tresses and hairy ruellia. The best time for viewing compass-plant is in August.

This hillside prairie was named in honor of Ora (Andy) E. Anderson, who was a fomer state legislator and conservationist from southeastern Ohio.

Special Features

  • Only site in the state for compass-plant (Silphium laciniatum), a western prairie species.


  • No Facilities. Visitation by permit only

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