We stopped for a smoke. A prairie smoke that is….. This unusual plant was found the day we hiked the Hayden prairie located in northeastern Iowa. We had found hundreds of dainty shooting stars that day but only a few of this now rare plant. I had never seen one before.In birding terms it was a “lifer.”
The silky, flowing styles of the fruiting stage of Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum), never fail to win admirers at first sight. When setting seed, large stands of the plant create a gauzy effect that resembles smoke hovering close to the ground. Blooming in spring to early summer, Prairie Smoke will spread slowly from its roots in well-drained, dry to wet-mesic soils. It prefers full to partial sun and has a native range from the northern tier of the US through most of Canada thus growing well in zones 3-9. It is quite rare in Minnesota.
I do believe finding a prairie smoke was, indeed, a "Lucky Strike." :)