Tonight I was reminded of the Geum triflorum as I stepped outside and smelled the smoke of a distant fire. After recent rains, some folks felt it safe to burn remnant and restored prairie in the area. The smell of spring prairie smoke reminds me of the renewal of fire that renovates native prairie and ushers in a new season of growth and vigor to the prairie.
The Geum triflorun, known commonly as ‘prairie smoke’ are now blooming in earnest. Known for their wispy petals, the prairie smoke are one of the earliest native plants to bloom, having shown their hazy red flowers weeks ago next to my office. They are now joined by marsh marigolds and pussy toes in the symphony of color as the prairie wakes up.