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Geum triflorum

Also called Prairie Smoke, Indian Chocolate


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Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Dave Powell, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

More About Geum triflorum

  • Flowers emerge from nodding, reddish-purple buds on red stems
  • Reddish-purple, bell-shaped flowers hang in groups of three
  • Attractive, silky, seed heads are left after flowering
  • Fern-like, hairy, smoky-green foliage takes on a reddish hue in autumn
  • Bloom Time: Mid-spring to midsummer
  • Flower Height: 45 cm
  • Foliage Height: 30 cm

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario


Native Americans boiled the roots to produce a tea that was used for healing wounds and sore throats. Roots have a distinct, chocolate taste once boiled, hence the common name "Indian chocolate".

Zone:

3

Height:

30-45 cm

Spread:

30-35 cm

Colour:

Red
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Grandpa's Whiskers Growing and Maintenance Tips

Thrives in an average to dry, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates periods of drought once established. Better suited to cooler, summer climates. Avoid wet, soil conditions in the winter. Prune spent flowers to tidy its overall appearance but is not necessary for extending the bloom time. Will naturalize by seed. 


Geum triflorum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Long Blooming
Long Blooming
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Seed

Flowering Time

Spring
Lt. Spr-Sum

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Naturalizing
Rooftop (extensive)