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White Avens Geum canadense

Phonetic Spelling
JEE-um ka-na-DEN-see
Description

White Avens is a native pernnial groundcover in the rose family.  It is typically found in woodlands and thickets.  Mass plant it in a woodland garden or let use it as a lawn alternative in an area with low foot traffic as it does well when mowed.  Mow the plants once a week during flowering and once a month after to a height of 4" or higher.   While it can grow up to 4' tall it typically stays around 18" in height.  It is not a dense plant so it will not form a thick mat of vegetation.  It prefers the shade but will tolerate sunny areas as well.

The leaves remain attractive even in the winter and do well as a green background in containers.  It may need supplemental irrigation in dry summers. Seeds are distributed by animals or people by attaching to fur or clothing.  Collect seeds in June for propagation or allow them to self-sow.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#container plant#mass planting#NC native#thickets#prickly#native groundcover#late spring flowers#early spring flowers#mid-spring flowers#groundcovers that can be mowed#prickly stems#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#container plant#mass planting#NC native#thickets#prickly#native groundcover#late spring flowers#early spring flowers#mid-spring flowers#groundcovers that can be mowed#prickly stems#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Geum
    Species:
    canadense
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Appendage:
    Prickles
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasional Flooding
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1/2" white 5-petaled flowers from early to late spring.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate simple or compound leaves that look like strawberries with leaf-like structures at base of the petiole.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Prickly stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting