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Geum borisii

Geum coccineum

Scarlet Avens

The orange-scarlet colour of this species, formerly Geum borisii, will delight visitors to your late spring and early summer garden. Although yellow and red versions are available in the cultivars 'Lady Stratheden' and 'Mrs. Bradshaw' respectively, neither one is very long-lived in my Zone 5 gardens. The beauty pictured above, however, returns year after year asking little in return, as does its lighter orange relative Geum 'Juliana'. If you haven't tried these yet, don't waste another moment.

PRONUNCIATION JEE-um
COMMON NAME Dwarf Orange Geum,  Avens
SYNONYMS formerly called Geum borisii,  Geum x borisii
DERIVATION coccineum = scarlet
FAMILY Rosaceae - Rose
TYPE clump-forming perennial
USES useful frontal plant,  good for cutting
FLOWER bright, bowl-shaped, five-petalled, 1-1/2", single on slender, branching hairy stems
COLOUR bright orange, with prominent yellow stamens
FOLIAGE attractive, low-growing, deeply divided, hairy
COLOUR evergreen
HARDINESS Zone 2
EXPOSURE full sun, with some afternoon shade preferred
SOIL moist, well-drained, deeply worked
WATER maintain even moisture
HEIGHT 12"
SPREAD 8" to 12"
BLOOM late spring (May-July) with rebloom sometimes in fall
STAKING stems may need support
DEADHEAD yes
PROBLEMS detests heat, so provide some shade in hot areas
AFTERCARE cut off entire stem after flowering
FALL CARE cut to ground level
PROPAGATION division:  spring or fall every three years;  seed:  see below
SEED CULTURE sow fresh seed late spring for bloom the following year
FERTILIZER enrich soil with compost or peat moss before planting
FORMS Geum coccineum 'Borisii' (orange-red)
'Georgenberg' (bright yellow-orange)
Geum chiloense (formerly Geum quellyon)
'Fire Opal' (deep red semi-double)
'Lady Stratheden' (bright yellow semi-double)
'Mrs. Bradshaw' (scarlet semi-double)
'Red Wings' (semi-double red)
COMPANION PLANTS ORANGE PERENNIALS & THEIR COMPANIONS
YELLOW PERENNIALS & THEIR COMPANIONS


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RED PERENNIALS    Achillea - Veronica

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SILVER FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Cerastium    |    Cornus - Limonium    |    Lunaria - Veronica

SIMPLY SPECIAL PERENNIALS    Acanthus - Saxifraga

WHITE PERENNIALS    Achillea - Iris  |  Kalimeris - Yucca

YELLOW PERENNIALS    Achillea - Hypericum  |  Inula - Verbascum

VARIEGATED-FOLIAGE PERENNIALS    Acorus - Erythronium  |  Hakonechloa - Lysimachia  |  Miscanthus - Yucca

PLANT PROFILES

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'  |  Geranium  |  Geum coccineum  |  Kerria japonica  |  Knautia macedonica

Paeonia tenuifolia  |  Papaver somniferum  |  Rudbeckia  |  Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |  Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

PROPAGATION

DIVISION - SPRING ONLY  |   DIVISION - FALL ONLY  |   DIVISION - SPRING OR FALL  |   DO NOT DIVIDE

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