Joy Creek Nursery

178-002D4   Geum rivale     ( Indian chocolate, Purple avens )

Geum rivale
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Because it is native to the northern part of North America and Europe where it is found along streams and ponds or in damp forests and meadows, Geum rivale does best in a moist site with good sun. We grow it near a run-off in our garden and it is quite happy. The coarse foliage has a wildness about it that is attractive. It is hairy and rough to the touch but deserves a close look. The lowest and largest leaves are divided into 5 to 7 leaflets with the tipmost leaflet being the most sizable. The smaller upper leaves have 3 leaflets. The flower stems are dark purple and that color is taken down into the large dark sepals which almost conceal the nodding, bell-shaped flowers within. These sepals are persistent and continue to give the appearance of a flower long after the flower has dried. Individual flowers measure 3/4 inches across but they are gathered in cymes of up to five.

Late spring to midsummer.   1-2 ft. x 1.5 ft.

Dusky Pink flowers

Sun     Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Photo courtesy of Tamara Paulat.

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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