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Water Avens

Geum rivale

Also known as

Chocolate Root, Indian Chocolate, Purple Avens, Nodding Avens, Cure All, Water Flower

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Water Avens Overview

This upright, clump-forming perennial has pinnate basal leaves and oval or wedge-shaped upper leaves. In late spring to midsummer it produces erect, dark purple stems bearing pendent, bell-shaped, dusky pink, purple-red or dark orange-red flowers.

Common problems with Water Avens

How to harvest Water Avens

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Water Avens

Division

Propagate by division, by runners or offsets.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Other uses of Water Avens

Walls, rock garden, borders, lakes wildflowers.

Pollinator Friendly Plants for Spring

Native spring flowering plants that provide the best habitat, shelter and food for pollinators.

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