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Geum coccineum 'Borisii'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Avens
Common Name (Alternative): Geum

Small, semi-double, upward facing, bright mango-orange blooms with yellow anthers dance on slender stalks above basal rosettes of fuzzy, pinnately divided leaves. These leaves are evergreen in all but the coldest of climates. The main blooming period is late spring thru early summer, but it will continue to bloom sporadically throughout the summer if deadheaded. Their color impact is visible from quite a distance. The small stature of this perennial makes it an excellent choice for edging, containers, or rock gardens.

Geum is a fast grower that is rarely bothered by pests or diseases.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  12 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow and underused in today's gardens. Geum adapts well to both hot summers and cold winters without complaint. This species requires moist soil with good drainage. In southern regions, protection from hot afternoon sun will improve the look and health of the foliage.

Geum should be divided frequently; young or newly divided plants bloom longer and stronger than older ones. Deadheading will promote a longer flowering time and rebloom.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'
Common Name: Speedwell
4,5,6,7,8
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Viola 'Purple Showers'
Common Name: Violet
5,6,7,8
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Delphinium grandiflorum 'Summer Nights'
Common Name: Delphinium-Dwarf
3,4,5,6,7
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Paeonia 'Festiva Maxima'
Common Name: Peony-Garden
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Iris 'Savannah Sunset'
Common Name: Iris-Tall Bearded
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.