Geum rivale
(Water Avens)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Water Avens, Purple Avens, Nodding Avens, Drooping Avens, Cure-all, Water Flower, Indian Chocolate
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Geum rivale, or Water Avens, is native to the northern half of the United States, and also can be found in parts of the Rocky Mountain area. It is a perennial, which grows in wet areas, often in acidic soil, like ditches, swamps, marshes, bogs and in moist woods, or woodland edges that border these areas. It blooms in mid to late spring with maroon to cream flowers.

The plant is fairly distinct. Among Geums, it is the only species that grows in these moist conditions and also has these red flowers. All the other species have yellow or white flowers.

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