NPS Photo by Kevin Jackson
The prairie is often associated with grasses and there are many grasses here, but it is more than just grass. It is a combination of many plant communities that include a variety of plants, from stately trees and colorful shrubs to tall waving grasses and a dazzling profusion of wildflowers. These plant communities are composed of species that have adapted to survive extreme conditions. This diversity is what makes the whole system strong. The prairie is a place like no other and a hike or drive through Wind Cave National Park provides an opportunity to experience this unique ecosystem.
Wind Cave National Park is a unique combination of prairie, forest, riparian areas and the edges between these ecosystems. Because of this there is a large variety of wildflowers and other plants present in the park. Below is a list of the wildflowers and other plants of Wind Cave National Park.
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.