Double flowers of golden yellow, red, orange & cream over a long season are produced on this resilient perennial. A good filler for
a vivid herbaceous border.
Geums are spring and summer-blooming perennials that grow with a base of leaves, sometimes a little hairy and tall, with thin
flower stems up to 18 inches.
Every garden should have a few Geums, flowers May to September. Geum is a petit perennial that holds its own in almost any
flower border. Its low, deep green foliage is a pleasing backdrop for the tall stalks of dangling flowers that come in warm red,
orange and yellow tones.
Also known as avens, geum grows in a small clump about 12 to 18 inches wide. While there are many wild species of geum,
gardeners typically grow the hybrid cultivars, which all have fluffy double blossoms, usually one to two inches in diameter, with
many layers of petals.
Geum flowers are held above the evergreen foliage on wiry stems, giving them a light, airy feeling. They flower profusely in spring
and then sporadically throughout the summer
Geums flower best in a sunny position with average garden water. However, in really hot climates, afternoon shade is essential to
keep the plants from being scorched. Good drainage is also important, as geum is subject to root rot in wet conditions. Otherwise,
they are very
adaptable to different soil types.
Cultivation and Care
Geum is easily grown by seed sown indoors six to eight weeks before the average date of last frost. However, improved cultivars
are readily available in garden centers, so most gardeners choose to start them as transplants. Plant them in good garden soil
that has been enriched
with compost. They are not considered drought-tolerant and will need weekly water throughout their life.
It's important to note that geums require division every few years to renew the patch. Otherwise, they will naturally decline and
Bloom and Foliage Care
The bloom period can be prolonged somewhat by deadheading. However, the foliage is evergreen in all but the coldest climates
and can be allowed to remain through the winter. If the leaves are nipped by the cold, simply cut the plants to the ground - they
will re-emerge in spring.
Pests and Disease
Few pests or diseases trouble geum. Root rot, particularly in winter, can be a problem in wet soils. Powdery mildew can turn up in
dry soil, especially late in the season. In all cases, diseased geum plants are a sign of improper growing conditions or simply the
age of the plants. But as a short term fix, it's worthwhile to remove the infected foliage and allow fresh leaves to regrow.
Scientific Name :
Common Name :
Tall potentilla, Prairie cinquefoil
Blooming Season :
Plant Habit :
Flames of Passion
Geums are sold in 3ltr or 5ltr pots