Botanical Name: Geum aleppicum
Species: G. aleppicum
Synonyms: G. strictum. Ait.
Common Names: Yellow avens, Ccommon avens
Habitat: Geum aleppicum is native to most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, from eastern Europe across Asia and North America. It grows on thickets and grassy places in lowland and low mountains of N. Japan.
Geum aleppicum is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant growing to 1 m tall with pinnate leaves. Leaves are alternate ( there is one leaf per node along the stem.) and are compound (made up of two or more discrete leaflets) The edge of the leaf blade has lobes, or it has both teeth and lobes.The flowers are 2 cm diameter, yellow, with five to seven toothed petals. There are two or more ways to evenly divide the flower (the flower is radially symmetrical) It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Easily grown in any moderately good garden soil that is well-drained. Prefers a soil rich in organic matter. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.
Seed – sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer’ Division in spring or autumn. This should be done every 3 – 4 years in order to maintain the vigour of the plant. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Edible Uses: Young leaves are cooked and eaten. Used in spring.
The plant is anodyne. It is used in the treatment of sores, wounds and skin diseases. The root is astringent, diaphoretic and febrifuge. A decoction has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, fevers, children’s coughs, sore teeth and sore throats.
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