Marlene Link encourages gardeners to plant more of these early bloomers
Geum triflorum (prairie smoke) is also known as old man’s whiskers, due to its appearance, with its long, pinkish, hairy seed heads. It also resembles smoke hovering over the plant, hence the name.
Some people may think they look like little Troll dolls, which I’m sure some remember from earlier years.
It flowers in the spring, and the reddish flower remains attractive for two to three months, then the seed plumes appear.
It prefers well-drained soil in full to partial sun, making it suitable for rock gardens.
Divide them in spring after flowering, or in the fall.
Prairie smoke is one of the first prairie flowers to bloom in the spring; a sure sign that the growing season has begun.
This native wildflower is an attractive little plant that should be utilized in our gardens more often.
They grow 30 centimetres (or one foot) tall and attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
If you like different looking flowers like me, then this is the plant for you.