• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wildflowers - Buffalobur

Buffalobur - Solanum rostratum
Buffalobur - Solanum rostratum
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
The many spines on the Buffalobur discourage grazing. The Buffalobur is in the Nightshade Family and several closely related species are very poisonous (i.e. Black Nightshade, S. nigrum).

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.