The nodding pink flowers are maturing on the prairie smoke right now and attracting many native bees.
Prairie Smoke is more widely recognized for its fruiting stage when the dried, long pinkish styles blow in the wind.
A native of dry to mesic prairies, this is a great plant for well drained soils and sunny locations.
The attractive bright green basal foliage is fern-like and divided into many leaflets.
|An old prairie with prairie smoke |
seedheads in South Dakota
The five-parted flowerheads nod downwards and tip upwards as the flowers are setting seed.
|Prairie Smoke growing in a |
gravelly prairie in South Dakota
The foliage greens up really quickly after the snow melt. Plant it intermixed with warm season native grasses that will emerge later in the spring for a layered effect.
Prairie Smoke is native to western North America and the northern midwest region. See map below for range.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.