Geum rivale L.
Purple avens, Water avens
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CO , CT , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE
Native Distribution: Lab. to B.C. & Okanogan Co., WA, s. to n. NJ, WV, n. IL & 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
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Geum rivale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Geum rivale in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Geum rivale
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff