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Geum triflorum

Prairie Smoke /

Geum triflorum is a delightful little prairie plant that easily makes the transition to a perennial border or rock garden. It will charm you in spring with it’s nodding pink flowers and later with it’s wispy seedheads. Drought tolerant once established. Great for grouping in dry areas in sun or shade.


  • Tolerates drought and summer heat
  • Thrives in sun or shade
  • Blooms & unique seeds extend the season of interest
  • Outstanding planted in masses
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Seeds attract songbirds

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers full sun, medium to dry conditions, and a  rocky or gravelly soil. Young plants should be kept well-watered during hot summer weather. 

12-18 Inches


12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Prairies from Michigan and Illinois west to Washington and south to California and New Mexico

Native Trivia

To attract hummingbirds to your yard, try offering cover such as evergreen trees or shrubs, a moving water source such as a stream or sprinkler, perching spots such as bare branches or arbors, and plenty of brightly colored flowers for a natural nectar source.

"This plant's feathery seed heads are a treat for birds while the plant is great cover for me."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Mammals
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
  • Dry Shade
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Erosion control
  • Ground cover
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
  • Rock garden
Native to
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming