Prairie Compass


My name is Annie Bohling and this is my personal website of essays, thoughts and poetry, as well as links to my interview-format public radio show.

The name for this site is inspired largely by the compass plant. The compass plant grows three to 12 feet tall, its roots stretch up to 16 feet into the ground and it has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. The leaves tend to orient east-west which historically has served as a navigation tool. Up to 80 different species of insects have been found living on or in its stems. Silphium laciniatum is an all around cool plant.

The natural world roots me in peace and guides me in purpose.

Photo by Eric Hunt, found on the Silphium laciniatum Wikipedia page.