Geum has rustic appeal.

Old fashioned geum (or ‘avens’), Geum coccineum, was popular in rock gardens of the 1970’s because it clings to stone, and cascades somewhat. In modern gardens, it works just as well in large pots or planters, mixed with other perennials. The fuzzy foliage forms compact mounds about half a foot high and wide. The bright orange flowers with fuzzy yellow centers stand about twice as high, and bloom from spring through summer. Removal of fading flowers promotes continued bloom.


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  1. Geums are one of my favourites, and I have grown quite a few from seed. Love the bright orangey red ones. 😃 Do they do well in your climate? They are very hardy here.

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    1. It is difficult to say. I do not believe that they perform as well here as they do elsewhere; but because I lack experience with them, I really do not know. The best that I have noticed are in coastal climates, such as Santa Cruz and particularly San Francisco. They do not seem as happy in chaparral climates, such as in San Jose.

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