• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wildflowers - Butte Candle

Butte Candle, Miner's Candle - Cryptantha celosioides, C. bradburiana
Butte Candle, Miner's Candle, Bradbury Cryptantha - Cryptantha celosioides, C. bradburiana
NPS Photo by Tom Bean
Butte Candle is rare east of the Missouri River. Grazing animals tend to avoid the plant because of its spiny hairs.

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.