Fresh green leaves, brown-red stems and buds and gorgeous cup-shaped, semi-double dusky apricot flowers with a deeper orange-red flush. Requires a sunny, well drained position that doesn't get too dry.
Forms a good-sized clump and flowers in May and June.
Height and spread: 25cm x 30cm
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