Geum vernum
(Spring Avens)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Spring Avens
    Synonyms: Stylypus vernus
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: March - May
    Status: Native

Geum vernum, or Spring Avens, is native to much of the eastern United States. It grows in moist open woods, as well as woodland edges, moist meadows, fields and yards. It blooms in early to mid spring, with small yellow flowers.

There are several species in this genus, nearly all of them are white, yellow or cream colored. This species belongs to those that are yellow. But it can be easily distinguished from the others, like Geum macrophyllum and Geum aleppicum, by its small yellow petals. All other species have petals that fill in around the center of the flower, but this species does not, and has very small yellow petals. See below for comparison.

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