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The distinctive and popular Prairie Smoke is a unique spring bloom, with 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 the 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. While not truly evergreen, the leaves can persist through winter, turning attractive shades of red and crimson. Plants 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. Excellent for hot dry spots, it thrives in any well-drained soil. Wet and soggy winter conditions may cause the plants to die back.
Other names include: Old Mans Whiskers, Purple Avens