White Avens
Geum canadense

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geum (JEE-um) (Info)
Species: canadense (ka-na-DEN-see) (Info)
Synonym:Geum canadense var. canadense

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Morrilton, Arkansas

Deerfield, Illinois

New Carlisle, Indiana

Oakland City, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Derby, Kansas

Bardstown, Kentucky

Morehead, Kentucky

Rockville, Maryland

Erie, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Omaha, Nebraska

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Lorain, Ohio

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Roanoke, Virginia

Vienna, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 13, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Positive rating because for me it's a native plant. Anything growing in my woods that's not garlic mustard is a welcome sight. It's native range is Nova Scotia to South Dakota to Georgia to eastern Texas.

The root system consists of a taproot and rhizomes. Occasionally forms colonies.

Apparently the foliage of White Avens is not often grazed by White-Tailed Deer.

The small white flower is pretty enough. Each flower is replaced by a spheroid cluster of achenes with styles that are hooked at their tips. This fruiting cluster spans about " across; it is initially green, but eventually turns brown. The hooked achenes can cling to the fur of mammals, feathers of birds, and clothing of humans; by this means, they are distributed far and wide.

Neutral

On Nov 16, 2008, LouC from Desoto, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Find this little plant hard to contain. Comes up everywhere. Very reliable if you can keep it where you want.

Positive

On May 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

White Avens, Geum canadense, is a lovely perennial Texas wildflower that makes an excellent groundcover and is good in sun or light shade.
The pretty foliage is lmost evergreen.