Geum rivale

Purple Avens

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Geum rivale is a clump-forming, hairy perennial with showy, nodding, bell-shaped purple flowers.

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Geum rivale is a clump-forming, hairy perennial of the rose family with compound dark green leaves. Its  showy, nodding, bell-shaped purple flowers bloom late May to early August on one foot high flowering stems. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage additional bloom.

This species prefers moist, fertile soils in cool climates. It thrives in boggy areas but will also grow well in moist areas as long as the soil is kept consistently moist. The attractive foliage of Geum rivale grows well planted in masses in borders or rock gardens, and its attractive foliage is excellent as a groundcover for cool, wet areas.

Plants may be propagated by seed or division. They are primarily pollinated by bees, including native bumblebees.


Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Water Avens

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial, Groundcover

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Late Spring to Early Summer, Summer

Bloom Colors: Purple

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators

Salt Tolerance: Low to None

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b

Physiographic Region: Ridge & Valley - RV, Piedmont - P, Highland - H

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Full Sun

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist, Wet

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: .75 - 1.5 ft

Spread: .5 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium