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Geum rivale

Geum rivale
Common name water avens; purple avens
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple/white (spring-summer)
Size 2-3'
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (prefers moist)

Charming little wildflower, found in moist areas, such as along riverbanks. I potted the one in the photo up for our plant sale, but just had to take a photo before parting with it (it now has a lucky new owner). Online info says this gets 2-3 ft tall, but our second-year plants haven't topped about 6". We lost ours after a couple years in the garden - re-establishing from seed this year.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F with light - no germination
  2. Same seed as above. Pot set outside Feb28; good germination by May1
  3. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 35F (3w) - 70F (10d; 2%G, 7d) - 70F with light (5w; 2%G, 6d). Remaining seeds to pot on March 20. Mid-June: 17 seedlings from pot transplanted

Inside treatment not too successful just yet. Perhaps needs longer cold treatment, even though Clothier says it should germinate at room temperature with light.

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