NPS, G. Wagner
Countless numbers of wildflowers color Pipestone National Monument's landscape. The pink of the Prairie Rose, the purple of the Blazing Star, and the silvery appearance of Lead Plant make the Monument a breathtaking sight to behold. Wildflowers are an important food source for the fauna of the area, and are used by American Indians for religious and medicinal purposes.
When is the best time to view wildflowers? The changing seasons bring out a continuously-changing scene of wildflowers. Flowers may be viewed in spring, summer, and fall.
Did You Know?
Joseph Nicollet and John C. Frémont, famous 19th century explorers, visited Pipestone National Monument in 1838 and carved their initials into the Sioux Quartzite cliff. The inscription is still visible along the Circle Trail. More...