In the prairie grasslands where bison have wallowed for centuries, shallow wet bottom spots formed. Some of these wallows, indistinct banks rising a few inches and dipping down to two feet in depth, can still be found in the native stands of the Kansas Flint Hills.
This rare wallow is rimmed with purple Blazing Star and yellow, red-centered Coreopsis wildflowers. These surprise bursts of flowers form the natural balance of contrasts in microclimates. The diversity and cooperation of multiple different native plants creates a vibrant, healthy landscape. A growing prairie retains moisture, encourages soil development and cultivates a rainbow of wildflower species.
The arrival of European farmers obliterated many of these ancient wildflowers and wallows, filling them with the straight, regular rows of cultivated fields.