This 37-acre "little gem" was purchased by the
Missouri Prairie Foundation in 1977 and re-
mains the only publicly-owned virgin prairie in
Polk County. Nearly one third of Missouri was
once covered by native tall grass, now less than
one-half of one percent remains.
Here you will find Indian grass, switch grass,
nine species of mosses, and cattails. Visit the
prairie in spring and summer to enjoy a wide di-
versity of blooming flowers such as sunflowers,
asters, shooting stars and butterfly milkweed.
This is a fine habitat for many varieties of birds,
butterflies and other insects.The Frisco Highline
trail runs along the west side of the site.
La Petite Gemme Prairie
Polk County, MO