Avens

This genus consists of over 50 species. Geums bear flowers in yellow, orange and red atop stalks 1-2 feet tall above the foliage. The bloom in mid-spring to mid-summer and may re-bloom a little until frost.

The common name, "avens" probably comes from the old French word, avence or Latin word, avancia. Both words are derived from the green word for an "antidote" since plants of this genus were supposed to ward off evil spirits.

 

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Geum x borisii Boris Avens
G. canadense White Avens
G. chiloense Chilean Avens
G. coccineum  
G. Hybrids Avens
G. laciniatum Northern Rough Avens
G. montanum  
G. quellyon  
G. reptans Creeping Avens
G. rivale Water Avens
G. sale  
G. urbanum Herb Bennet

Shape Hgt
(in)
Flower
Color
Sead Head
Fluted
G. x borisii 9-12 Orange Y
G. montanum 9-12 Yellow orange Y
G. quellyon 20-24 Yellow, red Y
G. reptans 6-8 Yellow Y
G. sale 8-12 Red, purple N

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.

 

 

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