This special grassland was planted in 2009 to give visitors a chance to experience Houston’s natural heritage as a prairie and to enjoy a patch of wilderness in the middle of a busy city. This prairie planting is part of Project Blazing Star, an effort to bring native prairie plants back to Hermann Park where they once thrived. Many animals are attracted to the Whistlestop Prairie. The colorful flowers provide food for wildlife such as the monarch butterfly and other insects. Migratory birds find seeds, insects, and shelter here as well.