Montana Outdoors

May 5, 2010

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Prairie SmokePrairie smoke, Old man’s whiskers, Purple avens, Geum triflorum; Rose family

These are blooming now at the east end of Dog Lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation. I found the color variation to be interesting (it’s not something I did with the photos). I will post photos later of the seed heads: they are quite interesting.

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  1. I love these droopy-headed flowers.

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    Comment by Candace — May 5, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    • I like them too. They are so different from most flowers. Here is what their seed head looks like.

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      Comment by montucky — May 5, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Your photographs are so stunning! I am a beginner at photography but enjoy it. I love taking pictures of the wildlife here in Cumberland County, TN.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 5, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    • Thank you! I’ve been enjoying your posts and seeing things from your region.

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      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2010 @ 8:21 am

  3. This reminds me of something else, but can’t think what it is. Is it a large plant?

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    Comment by sandy — May 6, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    • The stems and blossoms are around 6 inches tall. They are easily seen and grow in large colonies, making them easy to find if they’re present at all. This one will be found in New Mexico too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  4. What an interesting hanging-bell, Venus-Flytrap looking flower with fern like leaves. Great close-up captures even showing the fine hairs of this intriguing flower with an equally intriguing name… I like that… ‘Prairie Smoke’. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 6, 2010 @ 8:22 am

    • They are surely different from most flowers having smooth flowers and leaves. They are also called “Old man’s whiskers” because of the hairy leaves, but I like “Prairie Smoke” better, especially when the seed heads mature: then they do look like little puffs of smoke at first glance.

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      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2010 @ 8:27 am

  5. That IS a nice color & look how fuzzy they are! LoL!

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    Comment by Tricia — May 6, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    • Their fuzzy look certainly makes them different, but it makes me wonder what purpose it serves. They do tend to blend into their surroundings and I think there are lots of folks who miss them completely.

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      Comment by montucky — May 6, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  6. Great detail, love those whiskers.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — May 6, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Those are really pretty little things…

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — May 7, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    • I sure like them. I look forward to seeing them in the spring when they bloom and then late summer whe they have the pretty seed heads.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

  8. Very “odd” looking flower. I have not seen it here and I read on some garden pages that it is sold here and You have it wild flower.

    First photo is to my mind most of all.

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    Comment by sartenada — May 9, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    • I find it very interesting that it is sold there for gardens. I’ve not seen it used in gardens here and I think it is largely ignored in the wild.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2010 @ 11:59 pm


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