What on earth is this flower with pink hair?

shmonJune 22, 2009

Late last fall/early winter I bought a house that has what once was a beautiful cottage garden but was mostly neglected for 3 years. If you want to see how well perennials can reseed themselves over a 3 year span, just come to my front yard :)

It's been really fun to identify what pops up now that things are in bloom. Most are easy to figure out...except one. We call it the rock star plant because it's got spiky pink hair! The furry strands are actually pretty stiff; the plant is about knee-high.

Can anyone help me identify it?

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greenbean08_gw(PNW)

Is it Apache Plume?

Here is a link that might be useful: HCG Apache Plume

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 6:34PM
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jclepine(8b)

I totally think it is Apache Plume, too!

Very cute.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 6:41PM
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shmon

I think that's exactly it!! Thank you!!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2009 at 6:49PM
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highalttransplant(z 5 Western CO)

Hmmm ... to me it looks like Geum triflorum.

Bonnie

Here is a link that might be useful: Images of Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:57PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Geum was the first thing I thought of too, Bonnie, but before I could get back to answer, the question seemed to have been answered--and I'm not familiar with Apache Plume! You should be able to tell which one it is, Shmon, by the height. The Geum is only about a foot tall. The Apache Plume would probably be over 3' tall.

I'm really curious now, so let us know which it is when you have time.

Welcome to RMG,
Skybird

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 5:31PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Geum - prairie smoke - is a little grass-like thing. Fallugia - Apache plume - is a shrub commonly 3-6 ft tall. Castlewood Canyon east of Castle Rock has a nice show of prairie smoke.

Dan

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 6:36PM
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shmon

Hmm, the plot thickens. The one Fallugia picture on the HCG site looked a lot like what's in the yard, but the other picture of the shrubbery did not. My plant definitely is not shrubby like the Fallugia - it's more sparse and grass-like, like the Geum. I'd guess it to be around 2-3 feet tall; most of the flowers are about knee height or a little taller. I looked more at the picture of the flower than the description of the plant - I think I might have jumped the gun a little :)

The flowers are definitely more pinkish than the red and white that is in the Fallugia pictures. Also, the leaves are dead ringers for the pictures I saw of Prairie Smoke's leaves.

Again, I appreciate the help!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2009 at 12:25AM
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dafygardennut(5b-ish, CO)

I'm no help with identification, but this was the first thing I thought of...

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 12:31AM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

Dafy, you're daffy!

;-)
Skybird

P.S. Where's his(?) green helmet! (inside joke!)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 1:00AM
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dafygardennut(5b-ish, CO)

too much work and not enough play make Dafy daffier :-)

I spent last weekend digging out further from the tree to expand the planting space and hatcheting out roots - my arms are still aching, but I finally managed to use all of the bricks I took from my neighbors when they ripped out their patio and replaced it with concrete. I'll post a pic eventually on the gardens thread.

I'm still on the lookout for a "real" green helmet for you Skybird!

Dafy

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 6:37PM
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philanddeb818

This is Apache Plume for sure! I just bought one and read that it can reach 4' to 6' high and wide! Does anyone know how long it takes to grow to a mature plant? Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:56AM
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