Geum triflorum Pursh
Prairie Smoke, Purple Avens, Old Man’s Whiskers, Old Man's Whiskers, Long-plumed Purple Avens
Prairie smoke, so named for its seed heads’ resemblance to puffs of pink smoke, is a North American native. It is a member of the rose family.
Identification: Plants are 6-18" (15-45 cm) high × 18" (45 cm) wide. Most of the leaves on this plant are near the base. They are small, hairy, and deeply lobed. Flowers are dark red, bell-shaped, hanging downward, in groups of three, ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) each in size. It is the seed heads that are especially unique in appearance, consisting of red or purplish threads surrounded by soft feathery hairs.
Geum triflorum on Nature North Zine
Geum triflorum on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Geum triflorum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Geum triflorum at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Geum triflorum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 3-7: