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    Wind Cave

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Wildflowers - Maximilian Sunflower

Maximilian Sunflower - Helianthus maximilliana
Maximilian Sunflower - Helianthus maximilliana
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
 
The plant is named after Prince Maximilian von Wied, a German explorer and naturalist who discovered this sunflower on one of his botanical forays to North America. It is a favored forage of wildlife.

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White Penstemon

White Penstemon is the most widespread penstemon or beardtongue in the Great Plains. The insides of the blossoms are bearded and often spotted with purple. More...