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This genus comprises around 50 diverse species of herbaceous perennials. These can be found across the globe from the Americas to Europe, Africa and even New Zealand. Only a few are heavily cultivated as garden ornamentals to include Geum coccineum (Red Avens), Geum montanum (Alpine Avens), Geum rivale (Purple Avens), and Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke).
Geums inhabit a wide range of habitats such as dry open fields, bogs and alpine regions. As with environmental needs, hardiness is also species dependent and varies widely.
Most ornamentally prized avens grow best in full sun and average garden loam. They are often planted in perennial or mixed borders and are generally easy to grow.
10 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Mixed Border, Wildflower
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