Prairie smoke belongs to the rose family, or Rosaceae (pronounced rose-ay-see-ee). The Rosaceae is best known for the non-native ornamental roses many of us grow in our gardens. Among the popular fruits that North Americans eat regularly are cultivated members of the rose family, many from Europe or Eurasia: apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, peaches, cherries and more. In addition to prairie smoke, there are many other species in the rose family that are native to southern Ontario including flowering raspberry, wild rose, wild strawberry, silverweed, American crabapple, American plum and so on. Prairie smoke is a small dainty plant that seems to prefer more rich, loamy soil in our garden.