We posted this flower earlier this summer and promised we would stalk it until it was fertilized, where it earns it's common names - Pink Prairie Smoke or Old Man's Whiskers! Here it is! So sick!
The original photo of the flower is the last one.
Geum triflorum is a native North American prairie plant in the rose family, most distinguishable not by the stunning fuzzy globe like flowers, but by what occurs after the flowers are pollinated.
Once fertilized, the nodding blooms of Old Man's Whiskers transform into upright clusters of whispy silver pink plumes that grow from the pistils. Large swaths can turn prairies into fields of mauve haze, lending to its other name, Prairie Smoke.
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