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March 30, 2018

Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum, is one of the first plants to bloom in spring with reddish-pink, nodding flowers.

Blooming is soon followed by the long plumed seedpods, which look a lot like puffs of smoke—giving the plant its name. These seedpods are also covered with hairs, which render it yet another common name of old man’s whiskers. When planted in mass they create a hazy effect that resembles smoke hovering close to the ground.

The attractive, fern-like leaves are semi-evergreen and often turn shades of red in winter. This native grows best in sunny, well-drained areas, enriched with organic matter. Size: 12”h x 12”w. Light: full sun

* Native plant recommendations from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, plantnebraska.org