Montana Outdoors

May 12, 2009

Prairie smoke

There was to be no success the other day in my quest to find Sego lilies, presumably because they have not bloomed yet. An unexpected reward though was a very large area of Prairie smoke in bloom, many more than I have ever seen in one area. They are to me quite pretty as they bloom, but spectacular when they go to seed: I will try to remember to stop back and get a shot or two when they do.

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke

Prairie smoke,
Old man’s whiskers,
Geum triflorum Pursh var. ciliatum


  1. Prairie Smoke is pretty cool! We hope you remeber to return when it goes to seed. When does that happen? We look fwd to Sego Lilly photos as well!


    Comment by Maureen — May 12, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    • Last year I found some in the seed form on June 7. I’ll keep checking on them. There are some close to home too. I’ve never seen Sego lilies, just going on an old memory of a cousin, but her memory seems to be pretty reliable.


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

  2. I love the patterns and colors of nature! You’ve captured her handiwork very well yet again.


    Comment by Tabbie — May 12, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    • The patterns and color variations go on forever, don’t they!


      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  3. I always enjoy it when you show us blooms that do not grow in the northeast. Thanks, Montucky!


    Comment by Cedar — May 13, 2009 @ 4:09 am

    • I enjoy flowers from other parts of the country too, Cedar. The variety is amazing!


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  4. The “hairy” detail is great. I’ve never seen these but they look great. Nice find.


    Comment by edvatza — May 13, 2009 @ 4:34 am

    • They are interesting, and because they don’t have a wide open blossom, they are often overlooked until they go to seed.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  5. That is one “fancy-dressed” flower!


    Comment by Bo — May 13, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    • They are a little backwards, aren’t they, with the decoration all on the outside.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  6. interesting. does it take up a whole field? would love to see what the whole patch looks like….I am imagining like bluebonnets and indian paintbrush?


    Comment by silken — May 13, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    • These are growing in a wooded setting. They are rather small and grow among small shrubs and other flowers, and they aren’t really imposing by themselves. they do show, but not as spectacular as bluebonnets would be.


      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

  7. I love the vivid red in these Terry, great shots !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 14, 2009 @ 2:46 am

    • These are move vivid than the ones I’ve seen before, maybe because I caught them at their peak.


      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2009 @ 8:47 am

  8. Great macro work. I finally ran into the name of this guy myself this year…. This stage is so neat and then when it does that funky fuzzy hair looking thing later? This little plant just never gets boring…. I think you did a fabulous job of capturing it!(I loved your last shot best!)


    Comment by aullori — May 14, 2009 @ 3:09 am

    • These have lots of character, and also lots of variety. It took awhile last year before I realized that the seed version was the same plant.


      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2009 @ 8:46 am

      • I’m laughing a bit; me too. I had no idea. again, a really great plant you captured beautifully


        Comment by aullori — May 15, 2009 @ 1:42 am

  9. […] Whiskers, Prairie smoke — montucky @ 9:49 pm Back in May I posted some photos of the Prairie smoke (or Old-Man’s Whiskers) in bloom. They make quite a transformation when they go to […]


    Pingback by Transformation « Montana Outdoors — June 18, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

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