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Prairie Smoke

Plant Leaf

Full Plant

Gerum triflorum, Prairie Smoke

Plant Berry/Flower

Latin Name: Gerum triflorum

Flower Description:

3 flowers on long stalks at the top of a hairy but otherwise naked stem, with a pair of deeply lobed, green to red leafy bracts at the base of the cluster and another along the flower stalk. Each flower is 3/4 to 1″ long, generally red but may be a reddish shade of pink, purple or brown, nods down and remains bud-like when young but becomes erect and opens up after pollination.

Season BloomApril - June
HabitatSun, dry fields, prairies. Makes a beautiful border plant along a hard surface walkway.
Leaf DescriptionBasal leaves are 4" long, hairy, divided into 7 or more primary, wedge-shaped leaflets with coarse notches at the tips.
Soil Type Dry
Light Source Sun