Monday, July 20, 2015

Old Man's Whiskers

Tags: #wildflowers,  #wildflowerwednesday

Old Man's Whisker (Geum triflorum pursh), also known as Praire Smoke or Long Plumed Purple Avens, grows in large colonies in moist to dry woodland areas. While mostly a prairie flower, it has been growing en masse in the high country this year (2015). It starts out as a pod that hangs downward, but when in full bloom, turns upwards emitting a thousand tentacles.

Early stage of Old Man's Whiskers
The whiskers start to appear.
Tentacles anyone?

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