This is a beautiful plant that is usually less than a foot tall, with numerous basal leaves and hairy stems. The flowers are a rose color, but the fruits are the showiest parts of the plant, with plumes up to two inches long. Mature plants may form dense mats. Prairie Smoke will flower after its second year if grown from seed, if grown from division, it will flower its first year.
Seed may be collected between May and June. Sow unstratified seeds in the fall and stratified seeds in the spring. Growth the first year is slow. Transplants may also be used, but grow them for a season in flats. Transplant when the leaves are two to three inches long.