Clumps of rounded, lobed leaves with tall grey-green stems. Nodding bell shaped pale green-white flowers. Flowering April, May and June. Shade or part shade in moist soil.
Native British perennial wildflower. Suitable for bog gardens, edge of ponds, cottage gardens.
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): River Avens; Cock and Hens; Granny's Nightcap; Fairies' Bath; Billy's Button; London Basket; Nodding Avens