• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Wildflowers

Foxglove

Foxglove

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?

A quarrier working in his quarry pit

Pipestone is located about 12-17 feet below the ground, between layers of quartzite rock. Only hand tools are used to quarry the stone at Pipestone National Monument. More...