Also called Prairie Smoke, Indian Chocolate
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
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".
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
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils