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Avens

Geum spp.

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

75cm

Max

60cm

15cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Avens Overview

Geum is a genus of around 50 hardy, mostly herbaceous, rhizomatous perennials, also known as Avens. The foliage is usually in the form of basal rosettes from which emerge pinnately lobed leaves that are wrinkled. Young leaves often have toothed edgings. Some have a soft hairy surface. Loose clusters of single or double flowers are produced on vertical stems and have 5 petals arranged in a shallow saucer-shape. They are usually white, orange, red, yellow or pink, and many cultivars have been produced from this genus, for use as garden plants. They flower from late spring to summer. Geums like to be grown in full sun and well-drained soil (only Geum Rivale preferring moist, humus-rich soil). Often seen in the foreground of cottage-style or other informal flower borders, some smaller species are suited to rock gardens.

Common problems with Avens

Leaf mining insects may also be a problem.

How to propagate Avens

Division

Propagate by division - or stoliferous runners in spring or autumn.

Seed

Some come true from seed, other produce hybrids (in larger varieties).

Special features of Avens

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Avens

Rock garden, ground cover borders.

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