In our area, this little plant grows in high mountain meadows.
It is five or six inches tall, and usually has three dull-pink
flowers on each stem. The species name triflorum refers
to these three blossoms.
The plant is also knows as Purple Avens and Old-Man's Whiskers.
As the seeds mature, a long feathery plume develops on each one.
These look somewhat like puffs of smoke covering the meadow.
by Sandra Bray
Mont E. Lewis Botanical Area
Scad Valley, Wasatch Plateau
Emery County, Utah