A very distinctive prairie plant, Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) features purple to reddish-pink, nodding, bowl-shaped flowers in late spring which are followed by interesting seed heads with elongated styles, 2 in. long (5 cm), forming upright, silvery pink tails. Resembling plumes of smoke, hovering close to the ground, they are ready to be caught by the wind or a passing animal to be dispersed across the landscape. The flowers rise enthusiastically above a foliage of fern-like, deeply-divided, blue-green leaves, that remains attractive during the entire season. Sometimes evergreen, the foliage enjoys a lovely fall coloration as its turns deep red in fall. This rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial forms slowly-spreading clumps and can be naturalized to form a lovely ground cover.
- Prairie Smoke grows 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm).
- Winner of the GreatPlants award, which is a joint effort between the Nebraska Nursery, Landscape Association and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
- Prefers full sun and enjoys dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade and is drought tolerant once established.
- Excellent choice for borders, gravel and rock gardens, prairies and meadows and cottage gardens.
- Hardy and low maintenance, Prairie Smoke is deer resistant, but attracts butterflies.
- No serious pest or disease issues. May be affected by rot if soils are poorly drained.
- Native to North America from northern Canada to California and east to New York.