Montana Outdoors

June 7, 2008

Prairie smoke

Although the rather strange appearing flowers of this member of the rose family are inconspicuous, I personally don’t find them unpleasant. The seeds however, with their long feathery tails which act like sails to help scatter them on the wind are very different and interesting, and their soft, filament appearance is quite pleasing to my eye.

Prairie smoke. AKA Three-flowered Avens, Old-man’s Whiskers,
Geum triflorum

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

 Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke seeds

Prairie smoke seeds

As I look at it I wonder, as I so often do, what it is for and what it is doing here and why, since we don’t know those things, are we so willing to destroy its habitat.

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