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Prairie Smoke

Natural History

Prairie Smoke is a member of the rose family. It is a perennial herb with green, fern-like leaves to 7 inches  in length and a flower stalk which grows to 20 inches tall. The plant grows in pine forests at elevations from 6000 to 9500 feet. In the summer the plant blooms with bell shaped, pinkish flowers which give way to reddish, seed-carrying, plumes to 2 inches in length (as seen in the photo).

Other names for Prairie Smoke include: purple avens, old man's whiskers, grandfather's-beard, and Johnny smokers.


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