Rosaceae
Geum triflorum

Prairie Smoke

Clumps of basal leaves, erect stems. Plant gray-green with long hairs. Leaves fern-like with largest 3-lobed segment at top, few deeply cut teeth. Flower stem has 1 leaf pair near center. Flowers usually 3 on nodding stems, sepals fused to form a cup with tips curved outward, petals red, cream, or yellow. Seed heads more than 2 in. long of feathery tails, often glowing purplish in the sun. Grows in dry meadows, sagebrush scrub, pine forests, at mid to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--20 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Meadow
  • Found In: Wallowas, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes