• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Shrubs - Sandbar Willow

Sandbar Willow - Salix exigua subsp. interior, S. interior
Sandbar Willow - Salix exigua subsp. interior, S. interior
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
The Sandbar Willow is the most distinctive willow in the park. This is because of the narrowness of its leaves and its habit of forming thickets from sprouting from rhizomes. American Indians used it slender, pliant stems to make sweat lodges and baskets.

Did You Know?

Sign used at Wind Cave in 1903 when the cave became a national park.

Wind Cave is the first cave in the world to be designated as a national park. That occurred on January 9, 1903.