The Only Kind of RED Wildflowers in Alberta (w/Pics)
Did you find a RED wildflower in Alberta?
If so, I’m sure you’re wondering what type of wildflower you found! Luckily, you can use this guide to help you identify it. 🙂
Please be aware that I’m ONLY listing the most common red wildflowers today. There are so many species, varieties, and subspecies that it would be impossible to name them all. But if you want to dive even deeper into ALL the red wildflowers in Alberta, check out this field guide!
Today, we will look at 1 RED wildflower you can find in Alberta.
#1. Prairie Smoke
- Geum triflorum
Also known as: Red Avens, Three-flowered Avens, Old Man’s Whiskers
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Approximate Mature Size: 6-18 in (15-46 cm) tall
- Bloom Time: Mid Spring to Early Summer
- Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Prairie Smoke is one of the most striking red wildflowers in Alberta.
Its green leaves turn red, purple, or orange in colder seasons. It produces bright red flower buds that droop from long stems during the spring.
However, the real show starts when the flowers start to seed. They open to reveal feathery, silvery-pink seed heads that unfurl into puffy clouds. It’s easy to mistake these wispy pink plumes for smoke, which is how they got their common name, Prairie Smoke.
What are your FAVORITE red wildflowers in Alberta?
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