Geum trifolium

Prairie Smoke

Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) has charming, nodding pink flowers give rise to feathery, smoky-pink seed heads that decorate the plants in mid-summer.
Zones3 - 8
Low Maintenance
Plants for Small Spaces
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size12-15" tall 18" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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The prairie look-alike of Apache Plume (Fallugia), Geum's charming, nodding pink spring flowers give rise to feathery, smoky-pink seed heads that decorate the plant in mid-summer. Spreading slowly from its roots, Prairie Smoke can be used as a small-scale groundcover. Grows easily in lean-to-average fertility garden soils. A nice companion for the various prairie grasses like Schizachryrium scoparium Blaze or Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues. Extremely cold hardy. (seed propagated).
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Common Name
Prairie Smoke
Botanical Name
Geum triflorum
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
18 inches
Mature Height
12-15" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Low Maintenance, Native, Groundcover, Plants for Small Spaces, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)

Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) is a native prairie plant enjoyed for its showy seed plumes. Spreads by rhizomes to form a colorful, long-lived groundcover.
Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in infertile (lean), fast-draining soils. Not suitable for clay soils. 
  • Enjoys full sun in cooler summer climates or afternoon shade in hotter regions.
  • Water transplants regularly for the first growing season and provide drier conditions once established.
  • Do not deadhead the flowers because the fluffy pink seed heads are the plant’s most outstanding ornamental feature.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix.  

Special comments:

  • Prairie Smoke makes a nice, long-lived groundcover and is an excellent companion plant for ornamental grasses.
  • Cut back to the ground in early to mid-spring.
  • Easily divided in early spring when additional plants are needed in the garden; otherwise, leave the plants undisturbed.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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