Geum spp.

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Genus containing around 35 hardy, rhizomatous perennials, also known as avens. These are generally evergreen except in winter conditions below -18 degrees Celsius, where they will drop their leaves. Evolved from damp meadow and woodland in temperate and arctic climates, this genus is widespread across Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and New Zealand. Flowers are produced on vertical stems and have 5 petals arranged in a shallow saucer-shape. Usual colours are white, orange, red, yellow or pink and cultivars have been produced from this genus for use as garden plants.