Geum triflorum

Prairie Smoke

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Geum triflorum grows to 16 to18 inches tall and blooms with nodding, reddish-pink flowers in May to early July. As the flowers die, the styles elongate and come together, forming a feathery plume which gives the plant the common names such as Prairie Smoke or Lion’s Beard. The feathery seed heads are then dispersed by wind. Native Americans once boiled the roots to produce a root tea that was used medicinally for a variety of purposes such as wound applications and sore throat treatments. Plant it in full sun to part shade. It is hardy in zones 3 to 7.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June, July - August
Bloom Color
Pink, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
1 - 7