Guem – Avens, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Guem - Avens, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Among our pernicious weeds is one whose seeds are provided with hooks which catch in our clothing when on a Summer walk through the woods. This is a Geum. It is a surprise, therefore, to find several excellent perennial flowers as its relatives. The common species, Geum coccineum, or chiloense as it is more properly called, grows from 12. inches to 18 inches high with hairy leaves, somewhat resembling those of a Strawberry. The flowers are both double and single and are borne onbranched stems in great profusion. The variety, Mrs. W. J. Bradshaw, is the best one to grow. It has very large flowers from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches across with large, wavy petals of a bright crimson color. The Geums bloom freely from May through October. G. montanum (Heldreichii) produces orange flowers through the Summer and grows 12 inches tall.

UTILIZE. The Geum is a most excellent flower to use for bouquets. It wilts readily and when the flowers are cut they should be put in warm water. They are also good for borders and rockeries.

GENERAL. Geums will grow in full sunlight or partial shade in any garden soil and thrive very well among rocks.

PROPAGATION. They are produced from seeds and cuttings

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