About the Prairie Smoke
Prairie Smoke gets its name from the feathery plume-like seed heads which turns the prairie into a purple haze. Prior to that, red, cream or yellow interesting flowers form on nodding stems. The leaves are finely divided and fern-like. It grows mostly east of the Cascade crest, but also can be found on the Olympic Peninsula and on Whidbey Island. It grows in prairies, moister sagebrush plains and open forests.