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Geum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
JEE-um
Description

There are over 50 species of Geum or Avens, but all have attractive, divided dark green leaves and small, bright 5 petaled flowers. Avens grow best in cool climates, and while they tolerate dry soil, they prefer moist but well-drained soils.   They can die if exposed to wet winter soils.  They grow in full sun to partial shade but can struggle with the heat and humidity of southern summers.  Yearly division is necessary to keep plantings vigorous.  Deadhead flowers to encourage more bloom but leave some spent blooms on as seed heads are attractive fluffy plumes.  Does well planted in masses in borders or rock gardens, and the leafy green foliage makes a nice groundcover after bloom.

 

Wildlife Value:  Geum spp. are resistant to damage by deer.

Insect, Diseases, and Other Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Root rot can be a problem in poorly drained soils, particularly in winter.  May be short lived in heavy clay soil or hot summer climates.

May be confused with: Caltha palustris or Ficaria verna

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#yellow#partial shade#summer#orange#spring#perennial#showy#low maintenance#NC native#rock garden#naturalizes#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#yellow#partial shade#summer#orange#spring#perennial#showy#low maintenance#NC native#rock garden#naturalizes#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Geum
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern Hemisphere and South America
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Play Value:
    Colorful
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Dry Soil