Prairie Smoke

 - Geum triflorum

Light: Full Sun
Soil: Sand, Loam
Moisture: Dry, Medium
Benefits: Deer Resistant
Height: 3"-6"
Blooms: May, Jun
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6
Color: Pink
Spacing: 6"
Root: Rhizome

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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 


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