Prairie Smoke

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Geum triflorum, 1/2-Pint plug

Exposure: Sun-partial

Soil: Dry-medium-wet

Height: 8 inches

Bloom: May

Notable features: We cannot say enough how resilient and perfect this plant is for sunny gardens, especially narrow borders as it is not aggressive and will not flop all over your sidewalk. Historically found in our gravel hill prairies. The silky, flowing styles of the fruiting stage of prairie smoke never fail to win admirers at first sight. When setting seed, large stands of the plant create a gauzy effect that resembles smoke hovering close to the ground. Blooming in spring, it will spread slowly from its roots in well-drained, dry to wet-mesic soils. This one will probably sell out fast, so don't delay! You can never have too much prairie smoke in your life.

Attracts: Insects: The flowers are cross-pollinated by bumble bees, including the federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), and are a very important nectar source for the earliest emerging bumble bees. These insects are strong enough to force their way into the flowers. The adults of a leaf beetle, Graphops marcassita, have been observed to feed on Prairie Smoke. The larvae of this beetle may also feed on the roots.