- Common Name(s):
- Groundcover, Perennials
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 humidy 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 boarders 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.
- Late spring to early summer
- 9-18 in.
- Flower Color:
- Scarlet, orange, yellow
- Zone 5-7
- Annual division in late summer, seed
- Partial shade
- Europe, South America, hybrid origin
NCCES plant id: 717