Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

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Botanical names:
Geum triflorum Accepted
Erythrocoma triflorum Synonym
Geum triflorum var. triflorum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Upward-facing seed head with long feathery plumes that look like smoke
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Reddish purple stems and sepals, white to red petals
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need cold moist treatment for 2 months before they will germinate.
Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 2, 2016 7:01 PM

Prairie smoke is odd. The flowers point downwards, and they never open fully. There's just a little round hole at the bottom that bumblebees can get into. The inside of the flower is similar to a strawberry flower. There is a round head of carpels (the female part of the flower) surrounded by a ring of lots of stamens (the male, pollen-producing part), with nectar near the bases of the stamens. If a flower is pollinated, it turns upwards, and the carpels turn into seeds with long hairy tails that look like pink smoke.

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Posted by sherrilosee (Bloomington, IN - Zone 6a) on Aug 19, 2012 8:01 PM

Cute plant. Not real showy, but nice foliage and TOUGH as nails. The more I ignore it, the better it does!

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Plant Events from our members
MrsBinWY On July 14, 2017 Potted up
6
MrsBinWY On March 10, 2017 Seeds sown
coffee filter in baggie in fridge for 60 days, little bit of H2O2, 16 seeds from molanic; jugged 5-26-17 (2 rotted)
chelle On November 5, 2014 Transplanted
W end, center, lower tier.
aspenhill On April 18, 2015 Obtained plant
LWC Plant Sale (Hill House) - qty 1
lovesblooms On February 7, 2017 Seeds sown
indoors
KelliW On January 25, 2020 Seeds sown
wintersown outdoors in a jug, zone 6b
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