Kansas delights with beautiful displays of native wildflowers and grasses. Showcased here in the Cissy Wise Wildflower Meadow, flowers, grass and plants coexist in their natural environment. From season to season, Mother Nature’s beauty unfolds—from Spiderwort to Coneflowers, Penstemon and Goldenrod. Blazing Stars, Blanket Flowers, Asters and many others shine beautifully throughout the year. The colors of the meadow are ever-changing due to the diverse native plants.
Drought-tolerant Bluestem Grass dominates near the pagoda. Eryngium or Sea Holly is noteworthy for its purple, prickly blooms. The extensive root system of Sea Holly is useful in erosion control and can grow in some truly tricky situations; gravel, for example. The root is used as a diuretic, expectorant, stimulant and tonic in an array of natural remedies. Flowers and foliage are excellent for drying and in floral arrangements. Native American Indians use wildflowers and berries for food, fiber, dye and medicine.