All of these photos were taken at the Toronto Botanical Gardens
The feathery seed heads have given this tiny wildflower a couple of common names; one is Old Man's Whiskers and the more common is Prairie Smoke.
The proper botanical name is Geum triflorum.
The fern-like foliage is semi-evergreen and turns red, orange or purple in late fall.
Nodding, rose colored blooms appear mid-spring (April to June depending on your location)
and continue throughout the summer.
The somewhat crazy looking seed heads, which do look rather like puffs of smoke or the silky whiskers on an old man, unfold as the flowers fade.
Geum triflorum: Height: 30 cm, Spread: 40-60 cm. It tolerates most soil types, but like most perennials, it will be happiest in well-drained soil that has been enriched with some organic matter. Full sun is best. Once established Geum triflorum is pretty low maintenance and is very drought tolerant.
Geum triflorum is one of those plants you just want to reach out and touch!