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Geum quellyon

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geum (JEE-um) (Info)
Species: quellyon

Synonym:Geum chiloense
Synonym:Geum chilense

12 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Gabrielle On Jul 13, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Not the showiest of plants, but it adds a nice whispy look. Blooms May-June in my garden.

Neutral marimuse On May 29, 2010, marimuse from Port Townsend, WA wrote:

marilyn Port Townsend, WA zone 8
I have this plant in a sunny spot in my garden and it has grown very large since planted last summer. The blooms are beautiful, extending up about 16 inches, and the plant has grown to about a foot in diameter. However, the very many blooms have ended up being much redder than the tag indicated, and I am not a fan of red in my otherwise much more subdued garden- purples, pinks, white, blue, yellow. Also, the deer return frequently to munch, although I use PlantSkydd, which works very well for most of my other deer salad plants. So, for me, although in most ways the plant would be a very positive rating, I am giving it a neutral- and giving it away.

Positive Braids On May 12, 2004, Braids from Flint, MI wrote:

I recently purchased this plant because the flowers "danced" on slender stems. The flowers remind me of tangerine ballerinas ... so danity.
I will try to extend the flowering time by deadheading because it is such a lovely addition to my garden.

Positive Dalenoel On May 8, 2004, Dalenoel from Howell, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I, also keep it in the front of the bed, along the front walk as it is very short. It has sun for most of the day and all of the afternoon. It started flowering the 3rd week of April and is still going. A nice color of orange to add variety to the spring blooms.

Positive Magazinewriter On Apr 21, 2004, Magazinewriter from Bloomfield Hills, MI wrote:

In my Michigan garden, the geum foliage is evergreen. As soon as the weather warms in spring, new leaves shoot up and the plant produces buds.
Although I have the geum in a mostly sunny place and fertilize it, it grows only about 8 inches tall. So I leave it in the front of the bed.

Positive WaWild1 On Jun 26, 2003, WaWild1 from Bremerton, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Geum prefers Full Sun, but will grow well in light shade. Makes a great cut flower too!

Neutral Terry On Mar 13, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A member of the rose family, Geum is a perennial with handsome foliage with divided leaves. Evergreen in warmer climates. Double, semi-double or single flowers in bright orange, yellow and red bloom from spring into late summer if deadheaded. Plant in average, well-drained soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California
Paradise, California
Gainesville, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Fishers, Indiana
Noblesville, Indiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
La Grande, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Rapid City, South Dakota
Radford, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Everett, Washington
Port Townsend, Washington

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