General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
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

Common names
  • Prairie Smoke
  • Purple Avens
  • Old Man's Beard
  • 3-Flower Avens
  • Grandpa's Whiskers
  • Old Man's Whiskers
  • Long-Plumed Avens
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Geum triflorum
  • Synonym: Erythrocoma triflorum
  • Synonym: Geum triflorum var. triflorum

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  • Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 2, 2016 7:01 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by sherrilosee (Bloomington, IN - Zone 6a) on Aug 19, 2012 8:01 PM concerning plant:
    Cute plant. Not real showy, but nice foliage and TOUGH as nails. The more I ignore it, the better it does!
Plant Events from our members
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
MrsBinWY On April 27, 2022 Seeds germinated
On 4-27-2022, observed 1st seedling.
MrsBinWY On March 20, 2022 Seeds sown
On 3-20-2022, WS 16 seeds from Prairie Moon in milk jug C(60)
MrsBinWY On July 14, 2017 Potted up
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)
KelliW On January 25, 2020 Seeds sown
wintersown outdoors in a jug, zone 6b
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Such a neat wildflower! by chelle Apr 1, 2015 4:48 AM 5

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