Is it cotton candy…?
Or something you would find in a Dr. Seuss book, but in my garden? Yes, it grows in my perennial garden, and I find it most delightful! It has very thin, soft and fuzzy strands of raspberry swirling around as if created by a master cotton candy maker. It’s one of the most unusual flowers I have come across, and I love seeing this perennial return year after year. I love how nature is so whimsical.
points of interest
This native prairie plant is clump forming with hairy, gray-green basal leaves. Clusters of three cup-shaped, nodding, pale maroon to almost yellow flowers appear late spring through summer. The seed heads are ornamental, so can be useful in front of a border, although typically grown in meadows, naturalized areas or native plant gardens.
Grow in drier, fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, although prefers a little afternoon shade in very hot locations. Consistent winter moisture may cause rot, so site in higher, drier locations.
friday’s flower fact
Feathery gray tails form on the Prairie Smoke Avens seeds after flowers fade, resembling a plume of smoke or whiskers.
Botanical Name | Guem triflorum
Family | Rosaceae
Type | Perennial
Origin | North America
Zone | 3-7
Flower Height | 16”
Flower Diameter | 1.5”
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