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Geum rivale L.
Purple avens, Water avens
USDA Symbol: geri2
A hairy perennial with several purple flowers nodding from a 1 ft. high flowering stem. Large basal leaves are divided into three, lobed leaflets. Leaves along the flowering stem are also divided but much smaller.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Lab. to B.C. & Okanogan Co., WA,
s. to n. NJ, WV,
& ND; & in the Rockies to NM Native Habitat:
Swamps; wet meadows; bogs
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Wet to moist, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: A robust grower.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Will grow from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed needs no pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Springwater, NY
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff