Prairie Smoke

Nope nothing is on fire..it is a plant. Geum triflorum to be exact, better known as Prairie Smoke, or old man’s whiskers or old mans beard. This is another plant native to Minnesota. It grows wild in the ditches, we have several plants here, another of Far Guy’s acquisitions..after all he was the Native Plant expert. He ordered a bunch from a Native Wholesale Nursery..they have grown well here in the "Wildflower Gardens".

One of Far Guys plants.

One of the advantages of growing plants native to your area, is that they will rarely croak. They won’t be upset with your watering or fertilizing schedule, or sub zero temperatures day after day, you don’t have to fuss with them and cover them up with leaves in the fall and uncover them again in the spring. They just grow and thrive wherever they are. No, they won’t be drop dead gorgeous all summer, they have limited bloom times, but you won’t have to replace them every year either. Here in the boonies every week something new is blooming, something exciting, something that not everyone has in their yard.

Prairie Smoke in a local ditch.

I have not purchased any plants this year, not a one. It is not that I don’t enjoy flowers, because I do. I just refuse to be a slave to a watering hose. Sure I enjoy photographing flowers, but I have a whole lot more fun hunting for them with my camera than I ever did actually growing them. That may seem foreign to you, but when you are off watering, fertilizing, deadheading and weeding..I am enjoying the native plants..which have over the years adapted to their natural environment. God provides the rain, and the leaf duff..and I just reap the rewards.

It’s plumes look like little puffs of smoke, or tiny feather dusters..or old mens long beards. This was a plant blooming in the ditch:)

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2 Responses to Prairie Smoke

  1. Abra La Mente says:

    I do not have a green thumb, so wildflowers & sturdy perennials are best for me. If plants have to depend on me, it is a certain death sentence.

  2. buffalo gal says:

    Beutiful photos! Wildflowers would be the way to go for care-free flowers. I usually plant some each spring but I didn’t this year. They thrive better than other “tame” things.