Plant of the Month for July 2020

Geum montanum
Geum montanum

Description and General Information:

Geum montanum, known as alpine avens, is native to high elevations of south and central Europe.Plants form compact clumps with evergreen, stiffly-hairy pinnate leaves. Flowers stems arise up to 15 cm with a solitary, yellow, five-petalled, saucer-shaped flower 3-4 cm in diameter. Seed heads are like those of a miniature pasqueflower.

Blooming Season:

April in southern areas to June in northern.

Cultivation:

Alpine avens prefers open, sunny sites but appreciates part shade in warmer regions. Any fertile, well-drained soil will suffice. It is not fussy about the soil pH. It is rated hardy to zone 5.

Propagation:

Division or seed

Division:

Larger clumps may be dug and divided after blooming.

Cuttings:

Not generally practiced.

Seed:

This species requires a stratification period of about 3 months. Best to sow in the fall and leave outside for the winter. Make sure to cover the seeds as they require darkness for germination.

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