WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Densely hairy throughout, this showy plant has red stems 8–20-inches tall and clusters of 3 nodding red, urn-shaped flowers. Note the deeply dissected, fern-like basal leaves and single pair of opposite, smaller leaves about mid-stem.


FLOWERS: May–July. Clusters of 3(+) flowers on long, nodding pedicels; 5 white to reddish, rounded petals barely longer that the sepals; leaf-like bracts grow at base of pedicels and 5 narrow, spreading bractlets at base of flower. Fruit an erect cluster of feathery plumes dispersed by wind.


LEAVES: Basal and opposite on stem. Blades 2–8–inches long (5–20 cm), pinnate with 5–10 pairs of wedge-shaped leaflets cut about 1/2 way to midrib. Stem has one pair of leaves, mid-stem, opposite, much smaller.


HABITAT: Moist sandy, gravelly loam, meadows, stream sides, roadsides; ponderosa, Douglas fir, spruce-fir forests.


ELEVATION: 7,300–9,600 feet.


RANGE: Rocky Mts. and all states west, east to Great Lakes.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Purple (Water) Avens, G. rivale, in northern NM, has nodding flowers with reddish petals that extend noticeably beyond the sepals, and seedheads with hooked, not feathery, styles.


NM COUNTIES: Northern and western NM in mid- to high-elevation, moist habitats: Catron, Colfax, Los Alamos, McKinley, Rio Arriba, San Juan, Sandoval, Sierra, Taos.

PRAIRIE  SMOKE, OLD  MAN’S  WHISKERS

GEUM  TRIFLORUM

Rose Family, Rosaceae

Perennial herb

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Petals barely extend beyond the hairy, red sepals.

Basal leaves with 5–10 pairs of wedge-shaped leaflets cut about 1/2 way to midrib.

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