Geum ‘Borisii’

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Geum ‘Borisii’

£5.50

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Potsize – 1L

Not one of the biggest and showiest of the Geums, but nice nonetheless. The foliage forms a neat dense mound with the flowers sitting just above, mostly facing up from the clump. The colour is a really strong reddy-orange which stands out with more punch than it has a right to.

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Geum ‘Borisii’

Geum ‘Borisii’ is not one of the biggest and showiest of the Geums, but nice nonetheless. The foliage forms a neat dense mound with the flowers sitting just above, mostly facing up from the clump. The colour is a really strong reddy-orange which stands out with more punch than it has a right to.

Geum – avens

Geums have long been cultivated, Our native wood avens, Geum urbanum, being a stalwart of medieval herbalists.

It is rare to see wood avens in the garden, but the related water avens, Geum rivale and the South American Geums chiloense and G. coccineum along with their hybrids and cultivars are reliable additions to the border.

Geum rivale forms a dense spreading crown topped with a dome of hairy foliage. From this base, the flowering stems rise up and bend over with drooping bell shaped lemon flowers. Geum rivale ‘Lemon Drops’ is very close to the wild type.  In contrast, Geum chiloense  forms a less dense crown from a single rootstock. Furthermore, the leaves are longer and the flowering stems are also longer and more branched with more open, outward-facing flowers. These flowers are flaming red. Hybridisation has produced many cultivars of intermediate habit and colour. In fact Geums are extremely promiscuous. Consequently, if you grow more than one type you are sure to get all sorts of hybrids seed themselves in your garden.  Geum coccineum is similar to Geum chiloense.

Geum rivale has been used medicinally for many of the same complaints as Geum urbanum.

Naming

The name of the Genus  ‘Geum’ derives from the Greek ‘geno’ = to yield a pleasant odour or alternatively from the Greek ‘geyo’= to stimulate. This refers to the pleasant clove-like aroma that comes from the freshly dug up roots of wood avens. As a result of this, roots were used to flavour Ausburg Ale and to make cordials against the plague.

Geum rivale – Water avens, Drooping Avens, Cure All, Water Flower, Indian Chocolate. The latter 3 of these names are all of North American origin.

Geum coccineum – Scarlet Avens,

Geum chiloense =  Geum quellyon

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Geum chiloense =  Geum quellyon

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