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PlantFiles: 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

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it 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 LouC 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 frostweed 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.


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
Roanoke, Virginia
Vienna, Virginia

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