Site Silphium terebinthinaceum in a moist location with a deep loamy soil. Prairie Dock is able to withstand drought and slightly dry conditions which makes rocky or tough sites suitable. The 12′ taproot makes it slightly more adaptable to drier climates. If the soil below the surface can stay moist, the taproot will be able to gather up the nutrients and survive the drought conditions.
Prairie Dock works well as a backdrop in perennial gardens. The large dandelion-like, yellow blooms are prolific well into the fall seasons. Silphium terebinthinaceum does well along roadsides, within grasses, and in many other prairie settings. Full sun is required in the planting location, once established this plant will take care of itself and be a staple of the garden, prairie, or any suitable location!