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prairie smoke

Geum triflorum

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low
full sun - part shade
low growing
3 - 12"
light red
spring - summer

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E. Conrad

Smoke-like seed heads grace the prairies in mid to late summer
Smoke-like seed heads grace the prairies in mid to late summer

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Feather-like foliage
Feather-like foliage

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Smoke-like seed heads grace the prairies in mid to late summer
Smoke-like seed heads grace the prairies in mid to late summer

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Prairie smoke, a versatile grassland and woodland flower, is aptly named for its wispy smoke-like seedheads. Long-lasting red to pink flowers shaped like curious upturned urns and plume-like leaves provide unique character. Prairie smoke can tolerate substantial drought by going dormant (complete with shriveling leaves) and then reemerging, phoenix-like, as soon as the soil moisture is sufficient. Grow with alumroot, small-flower penstemon, pussytoes, and twin arnica.