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Geum 'Blazing Sunset'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geum (JEE-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Blazing Sunset
Additional cultivar information: (aka Double Bloody Mary)

Synonym:Geum flore plena

7 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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7 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kath245 On Jul 27, 2013, Kath245 from CHIMACUM, WA wrote:

This has been a champion for me in western Washington. It has bright red double flowers held waving 2 ft above pretty medium green foliage. In it's second year it has bloomed continuously from mid May to late July and is still going strong. I do deadhead and that may keep the bloom going longer. It is in mostly sun & survives with only occasional water.

Negative pamelamary On Jul 7, 2013, pamelamary from South Yarmouth, MA wrote:

I bought this plant in June (I live on Cape Cod, Mass) because it was so brilliant orange,..then it slowly collapsed, lost all bloom and the foliage turned brown.
Seeing it wasn't happy, I moved it to a spot with less sun, (south garden under a buddleia bush, watered and waited. WOW! Still doing poorly.
I gave it a nice sandy loam, well drained area with about 5 hours of sun. Today, I thought it had died, as it was wilted to the ground. I watered again and it has perked up. I will say it is making new leaves since transplant. I hope it winters over. I just may move it again to ensure it doesn't get lost in the jungle!

Neutral KateLTwo On Jul 6, 2012, KateLTwo from Chelmsford, MA wrote:

I just bought this plant today. The woman said NOT to divide it now, to make it two plants (I got two one gallon sized pots) or four plants. That "it's one plant, so can't be divided." ? I asked if it spread, and she said yes, that it is a slow to spread. I asked if it self-seeded, and she didn't know. Since we are planting this tomorrow a.m., and planting in an area that has bulbs, we don't want to have to do that chore more than once (finding the bulbs, moving them aside, digging hole for plants, etc.)

Also, anyone who has "planted from seed", did you just throw them near the current plant in the fall, and hope for new plants in Spring? Or, did you have to collect seeds, plant in medium in spring, move to outdoors, etc. etc. etc.?
Thanks in advance,

Positive soilsandup On Dec 2, 2011, soilsandup from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bought two of these plants two years ago, and it overwinters very well in my yard. Had some blooms the first year, but it really exploded in blossoms the second year. Makes a nice bold splash of color over a long period of time.

Negative Biker1 On Oct 23, 2011, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have had real problems growing these in McLean, VA. I have them in a raised bed. They bloom the first year, then don't winter over. I really like them, so I think that I'll try them in a different area.

Positive lalark On May 29, 2010, lalark from Springdale, AR wrote:

We don't have the Blazing Sunset variety, but the one we do have is not listed in this forum. We bought the "Bloody Mary" variety from a local nursery here in northwest Arkansas and those plants have flourished wonderfully in among our Brookside geraniums. They have bloomed in morning sun at the end of May into early July. Some other geums of the same kind we purchased from an online nursery did not come up the next spring, so we advise being careful where you buy.

Neutral stormyla On Nov 19, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These plants did not return for me.

Positive natalie4b On Jun 8, 2009, natalie4b from Roswell, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

It does very well in a shady moist location among hostas in my garden. I am in zone 8.

Positive northgrass On Jun 25, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I planted these plants from seeds last year. They survived our winter in zone 4B and started to blooms this year in mid June.
The flowers are a bright red and held high above the foliage. A very worthwhile plant that I plan to use elsewhere in other combinations.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jul 26, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Geum 'Blazing Sunset' is an excellent, long-blooming variety with double flowers that look like small, scarlet-red roses.

Positive Gillianbc On Mar 1, 2004, Gillianbc wrote:

I got a free packet of Blazing Sunset with a magazine and grew about 20 plants. They all flowered the following year and are one of the most worthy plants in the garden. They grow in the poorest of soils in sun or partial shade (I haven't tried full shade). They're similar to Mrs Bradshaw but the flowers are more double. They've withstood temperatures down to -7C and flower from May to late October if you deadhead them. You can squeeze them in a 6inch gap and the flowers will scrawl through other plants. Look great next to variegated grasses such as (the very invasive) phalaris (gardener's garters).


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

Springdale, Arkansas
Fairfield, California
Merced, California
Oakley, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
Roswell, Georgia
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
East Lansing, Michigan
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Battle Ground, Washington
Chimacum, Washington

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