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
Advantages
Easy to grow
Groundcover
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Winter Interest
Low Maintenance
Plants for Small Spaces
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU HBLDQXX

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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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HBLDQXX
54551 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
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 Easy to grow, Groundcover, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Winter Interest, Low Maintenance, Plants for Small Spaces, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
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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4.0

I may buy this again for my berm planting

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Geum trifolium:

    It's planted in an assortment of plants on a berm that is one wall of our front yard.

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    Love this plant

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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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