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Plant Profile: Mountain Avens (Geum montana)

Mountain avens is a herbaceous perennial and a member of the rose family, Rosaceae, that also includes cherry, almond, and lady’s mantle. It is native to the Pyrenees, Alps, Corsica and Carpathians eastward to western Russia and southwest Greece, where it grows in sub alpine meadows.   Growing from a creeping rhizome, plants are 9-12” tall and produce a rosette of 4” long leaves that are densely pubescent. The flowering stems bear 1-3 golden yellow cup-shaped –flowers that have five petals and are 1’ across.   The flowers are held well above the foliage and give way to feathery seed heads. Plants do best in cooler climates and struggle in the South. The genus name, Geum, is the classical Latin name for the plant. The specific epithet, montanum, comes from the Latin word mons meaning mountain, and refers to the natural habitat of the plant.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Clusters of 1-3 golden yellow 1” in diameter flowers with 5 petals in late spring to earlysummer

Size: 9-12” H x 12’ W

Light:Full sun

Soil:Average, medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 4-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Fresh seed, division

Companion Plants: Crainsbill, penstemon, bellflowers

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