Wind Cave Wildflowers

Several purple flowers in the lower right foreground with a prairie hillside in the background with a light blue sky and a few light clouds.
Wild bergamot is a common summer bloom.

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Wind Cave's combination of prairie and forest ecosystems provide habitats for a variety of flowering plants. South Dakota's state flower the pasque flower is one of the earliest blooms, flowering in March. Peak wildflower season occurs from mid-May through early July, but many plants, such as the sunflower, bloom into the fall. Factors such as sudden changes in temperature, weather, and fires may impact the growth cycle of the plants in this dynamic environment.

Each gallery below contains photos and information on native and non-native flowering plants found in Wind Cave.

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Last updated: August 26, 2023

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