A neat plant with coppery-orange flowers and yellow stamens on 30cm stems from May to August.
Vigorous and fast-growing, it makes neat mounds of clumps of rich green, roundish, hairy leaves which show off the colour of the flowers well.
Geums have long been cultivated, our native wood avens, Geum urbanum, being a stalwart of medieval herbalists.
The name of the Genus 'Geum' derives from the Greek 'geno' = to yield a pleasant odour or alternatively from the Greek 'geyo' = to stimulate. This refers to the pleasant clove-like aroma that comes from the freshly dug up roots of wood avens. As a result of this, roots were used to flavour Ausburg Ale and to make cordials against the plague.
Common name(s): Avens