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Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum)

Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum) is a beautiful wildflower commonly found in dry, gravelly environments throughout the Sierra Nevada and beyond. Its velvety pink flowers nod downwards until they are pollinated. Afterwards, they point to the sky and open up to reveal long, hairy styles which have a smoky appearance. These lightweight plumes aid in seed dispersal and are the inspiration for the aforementioned common name, as well as "old man's whiskers," "torch flower" and more.

Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0423
Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum), close-up of beautiful, pink flower heads in bloom. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0422
Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum), viewed through foreground foliage for a soft, artistic rendition. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0421
Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum), close-up of fruiting heads, whose hairy plume-like styles give rise to the common name. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0420
Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. ciliatum), fruiting heads of flowers which have already been pollinated. These lightweight plumes aid in seed dispersal, as they will eventually be swept away in the wind. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California.
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