Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)
|Also known as:||Old Man's Whiskers|
|Habitat:||sun; dry fields, prairies|
|Bloom season:||April - June|
|Plant height:||6 to 16 inches|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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Groups of 3 or 6 flowers, generally red but may be a reddish shade of pink, purple or brown. Each flower is ¾ to 1 inch long, nods down and remains bud-like when young but becomes erect and opens up after polination (see seed photo below). Mostly hidden under the red bracts are 5 white to pale pink petals. 5 long narrow red sepals fly out from the base of the flower.
Leaves and stem:
Notes:Prairie Smoke is one of the first prairie flowers to bloom in the spring.
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Photos taken at Wild River State Park, Center City, MN, May 2007
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