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Common name: Prairie Smoke
Scientific name: Geum triflorum
Duration: Perennial
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Habitat: Prefers a well-drained site in full to partial sun, moderately drought tolerant, loam or sandy soil is preferred, however heavy clay soil can be amended by adding peat moss and sand; do not put them in a low, wet spot or they will drown
Blooming period: Spring to early summer
Color: Pink blossoms with light green foliage
Height: 6-18"
Planting Time: Fall to Spring; no stratification required

Prairie smoke is a cool-season perennial. The flowers, which look as though they are still in bud, are pollinated by small bees that crawl inside to get the nectar and pollen. As an early-flowering plant, it is an important food source for insects emerging from hibernation. Historically a decoction from the roots was used as a tea substitute and was used medicinally as an eye wash, mouth wash for sore throats, and a wash for stiff aching joints (www.pfaf.org). It was collected by Lewis and Clark on June 12, 1806 on their return trip through the Weippe Prairie and was unknown to science before this trip (www.larkspurbooks.com).


Geum is an ancient Latin name.
triflorum means "three flowers," which refers to the flower clusters that come often in threes.


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