The distinctive and popular Prairie Smoke is a star of the spring garden with its unique, feathery pink seedheads. The basal leaves are fern-like and deeply serrated, with hairy margins. Each flowering stem holds three nodding, pink bell-shaped flowers. Once these flowers are fertilized the real show begins as the nodding blooms transform into upright clusters of wispy pink plumes. A mass of Prairie Smoke creates a pinkish haze that can last for a month or more. While not truly evergreen, the leaves can persist through winter, turning attractive shades of red and crimson. Plants will spread slowly by rhizome to form a groundcover.
Perfectly adapted to the dry rock gardens, Geum triflorim is also effective planted in groups in a perennial bed, but it does not like to be overcrowded by taller perennials.
Rock garden, deer resistant, drought tolerant, mat-forming. Excellent for hot dry spots, it thrives in any well-drained soil. Wet and soggy winter conditions may cause the plants to die back.
Also known as: Old Mans Whiskers, Purple Avens
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The silky, flowing styles of the fruiting stage of Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) never fail to win admirers at first sight. When setting seed, large stands of the plant create a gauzy effect that resembles smoke hovering close to the ground. Blooming in spring to early summer, Prairie Smoke will spread slowly from its roots in well-drained, dry to wet-mesic soils. It prefers full to partial sun and has a native range from the northern tier of the US through most of Canada.
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa