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.

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Zones 3 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU 54551


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).
Associated SKUs
54551 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
HBLDQ51 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Prairie Smoke
Botanical Name Geum triflorum
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Mature Height 12-15" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Native
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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.

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  • Attention getting
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      I have had great success with this plant and it is going strong several years after planting it.

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      Hard to establish


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          I think this is a beautiful plant but have tried it two different times and no success with getting it established.

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          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.

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