Prairie Smoke

Genus Geum
Rose Family (Rosaceae)



Prairie Smoke blossoms


Prairie Smoke
(Geum triflorum)

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.

Prairie Smoke



As the seeds mature, a long feathery plume develops on each one. These look somewhat like puffs of smoke covering the meadow.