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Pink or Red Flowers ( Other )
Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Three-flowered Avens/Old-man's Whiskers
Geum triflorum

Season: Spring
Habitat:
 Dry Montane Hillsides
Height:
 Up to 40 cm

Description: This unique plant is usually found along dry, south-facing hillsides. The finely cut compound leaves are primarily basal in nature. They are divided into between 13 and 21 leaflets. A small group of leaves grows halfway up the stem. The entire plant is covered with fine hairs. Each stem terminates in three, nodding flowers. The flowers appear pink in colour, urn shaped, with 5 narrow recurved sepals. As the sepals open, you may notice on closer examination, that the petals are actually cream coloured, and almost hidden. Over time, the nodding stems grow erect, and the flowers are replaced by a feathery seed head. Each seed is attached to a pinkish, feathery plume, leading to the common name "old man's whiskers".

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