A lovely tall Geum with primrose coloured nodding flowerheads in May and June.
Requires a sunny and moist, but well drained position.
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
Photo courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society