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Upright Prairie Coneflower
The drooping petals of the yellow prairie coneflower can be seen from June through September.
Buffalobur's flowers are similar to tomato blossoms and its spines discourage grazing animals.
In mid-June the Badlands' terrain is covered with these showy, yellow blossoms.
Dense patches of this herb appear white from a distance.
Snowy milkweed's fruit is an elogated pod filled with downy seeds.
Purple coneflower can be seen in the Sage Creek Wilderness Area.
Woolly verbena produces spikes filled with lavender flowers from June through September.
Yucca or soapweed was used as a soap by early Native Americans and homesteaders.
This plant is known for its bitter, yellow sap and prickly spines, which discourages grazing animals.
Wavyleaf thistle blooms in June and July throughout the Great Plains.
Common milkweed can be found along the Badlands Loop Road in mid-summer.
Last updated: August 1, 2014